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Re: AMD 64 support

On Mon, Nov 03, 2003 at 04:12:57PM -0500, Rik van Riel wrote:

 > We just need some volunteers to pull things together
 > and put the AMD64 patches from Taroon into Fedora Core
 > (which is more work than it sounds, because the Taroon
 > kernel is close to RHL9, while Fedora is closer to the
 > upstream 2.4 kernel).

I spent a day or two last week doing this (and various other
fixes). What I have so far is a very 'rough and ready' port,
but its mostly functional at least.

For the brave who want to try this..

1) Grab the x86_64 boot disk from x86_64 rawhide dir
2) Boot, and do a network install
This gets you a 64bit install based on the 2.4.20 kernel
that shipped with gingin64.
3) Now the fun bit. http://people.redhat.com/davej/amd64/
   contains the above mentioned 'rough cut' of the amd64 kernel.

There's a bunch of known problems right now, like unresolved
symbols and the like, which I'll fix up over the next few days.
One word of warning, this has had very little testing/QA.
Do *not* trust these kernels with data you don't have backups of.

Happy hacking..


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