In the past few months in the Debian-EeePC team, a number of interesting things have been happening – Progress has been made to ensure the Eee's drivers get merged upstream.
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Bits from the Debian Eee PC team
In the past few months in the Debian-EeePC team, a number of
interesting things have been happening.
Progress has been made to ensure the Eee's drivers get merged upstream.
Chris Snook from Red Hat has taken over atl2 upstream and has
started merging it with the atl1 driver to make a unified atlx driver
that will be suitable for inclusion in the kernel. As well, there is
continued progress on the madwifi driver, with a patch now included
to support version 2.6.24 of the Linux kernel.
In the meantime, the Debian Eee PC Install HowTo has been under
constant revision, even gaining recently the beginnings of translations
in French and German.
ACPI, another important piece of infrastructure for the Eee, is now
supported in lenny and sid through Eric Cooper's eeepc-acpi kernel
module. This is a fork of the asus-acpi module renamed so that it won't
conflict with the in-tree version. It turns out that asus-acpi is
deprecated, having been replaced by asus-laptop. Eric has been in touch
with the asus-laptop maintainer to ensure the Eee-specific bits are
merged so that we can eventually retire our forked version.
There still remains at the top of our Todo list the issue of ACPI
scripts to go with the kernel module. Having at first considered
patching acpi-support, we have decided instead to start with Eric's
own scripts which will be packaged shortly for Debian. This gives us
more freedom to tinker before considering submitting patches to more
general laptop support packages like acpi-support.
Finally, after Brendan M. had to send his Eee back to Asus for repairs,
work stopped for a while on the custom debian-eeepc installer.
Fortunately, he just got his system back from the shop as good as new
and has returned with renewed vigor to that task. He has produced a new
version of the installer which we are now testing.
Thanks to the efforts of numerous users and developers who are being
added to our ranks daily, we expect by the time Lenny releases we will
be well on our way to providing a pure Debian solution for the Eee.
Whether or not everything needed for the Eee is in Lenny at that time
remains to be seen. We need to allow for how long it takes to get new
drivers into the kernel. But if we miss the release, we will certainly
provide backports and look forward to full support in the following
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