Debian on the FreeRunner -- a few questions/solutions

Fox Mulder Quakeman1 at
Mon Aug 25 15:17:50 CEST 2008

Joachim Breitner wrote:
> Hi,
> Am Montag, den 25.08.2008, 14:42 +0200 schrieb Fox Mulder:
>> I'm playing with debian for the last week and there are some new things
>> i'm curious about.
>> First thing is how i update the kernel and modules?
>> I see that while installing debian it uses this kernel from openmoko:
>> Now i see that the kernel and modules are updated quite often in the
>> openmoko repo, but in the sources.list is no update source for a new
>> kernel. The actual openmoko kernel seems to be
>> I know that this is the opkg version and not the dpkg for debian, but i
>> think somewhere had to be the newest kernel version available for use in
>> debian, or not?
> ATM, there are no automatic kernel updates in Debian. Phil Kern has
> tried to build a proper debian kernel package from the upstream sources,
> but it takes a very long time in a qemu builder, so fixing all the
> issues with the build was a PITA. So at the moment, you have to manually
> download the image from
> and put it in /boot.

But when i get the newest kernel from there like

isn't that not just only the kernel?
As far as i know i also have to update all the modules for this new
kernel within /lib/modules/2.6.24.
But i think these modules are only in the corresponding rootfs image

So should i download this image and extract the modules and replace it
on my local rootfs?

I don't want to update my kernel if i'm not sure if this way is right. :)


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