Kernel mirrors

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Postby Gnork » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:04 am

This topic holds a list of kernel mirrors where you can get a patched kernel for your FREESCO machine. As of this moment, at least five mirrors are up and running:
  • US: <a href='http://www.computersandsuch.net/freesco/kernels' target='_blank'>http://www.computersandsuch.net/freesco/kernels</a></li>
  • NL: <a href='http://kernels.dontexist.net' target='_blank'>http://kernels.dontexist.net</a></li>
  • NL: <a href='http://dingetje.homeip.net/kernels' target='_blank'>http://dingetje.homeip.net/kernels</a></li>
  • FR: <a href='http://freesco.zapto.org/kernels' target='_blank'>http://freesco.zapto.org/kernels</a></li>
  • ZA: <a href='http://bbj.homelinux.org/mirror/kernel' target='_blank'>http://bbj.homelinux.org/mirror/kernel</a></li>
This list will be expanded with more mirrors when they come alive. Typically the official FREESCO mirrors will be

Support regarding to the kernel utility should be placed over <a href='http://forums.freesco.org/support/index.php?showtopic=10873' target='_blank'>here</a>, problems regarding a mirror in terms of missing files or MD5 checksums should be PM'ed to me.

If you want to offer mirror space, please make sure NOT to use the standard thttpd webserver and upgrade to Apache.

Please keep in mind that Freesco uses a 2.0.39 kernel and that no newer kernel types are supported at this time.
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Postby Lightning » Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:02 am

Has anyone considered taking over for Gnork on this project because on these mirrors the newest kernel is an 034 kernel and that is a pretty far step backwards with regards to newer FREESCO kernels and patches.

As a side note I do have newer kernels availible on my site that anyone can download and/or mirror if they choose.
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Postby dRB » Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:09 pm

:mellow: Rather than a binary, this appears to be easy enough to script. And perhaps even added as a standard option to the setup/package list. (even though it is really an addon)

If we consider your site as the main host, all mirror sites can pull content from there with a cron job. I think Dingetje mentioned that he uses a simple script to keep his mirror up-to-date.

hmmm. interesting. tempting even.

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Postby Thasaidon » Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:52 am

I am one of those mirrors, (http://kernels.dontexist.net/) but I'm not sure how Gnork updated everything.
I just gave him SSH access to my Freesco, but before he mentioned how he updated things, he was off line... :( and I never looked into his site myself.

I still want to continue being a mirror, or even the main site, but I'm not sure the last is appropriate because I don't compile kernels myself.

So like dRB said, I think the easiest way would be to set the site of the kernel compiler (That's mostly you Lewis :D ) as the main site, and all the others can mirror from there.
That is, if your bandwidth and ISP don't give you any problems.
If so, I'm willing to give you access to my Freesco to make that the main site.

But I'm open to all other suggestions too :-)
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Postby dreamer » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:42 am

If your looking for more kernel mirrors, I volunteer.

Besides being a FreescoSoft mirror I can also be a kernel mirror.

The FreescoSoft mirror is running on a dedicated machine in a dedicated subnet. So giving access to it is no problem.
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Postby dRB » Thu Dec 27, 2007 1:06 pm

I'm thinking along the following pseudo format...

[1] kernel utility script
.. reads mirror list
.. gives user choice of mirror
.. lists custom kernels
.. user chooses kernel
.. kernel is pulled from mirror, and system updated, with original backed up

[2] mirror hive script
.. cron job that checks kernel_list
.. if any updates, mirror gets updated

[3] main kernel host
.. cron job that checks kernel dir
.. and populates kernel_list with update info

From this point, the only human intervention is:
.. for kernel creation,
.. kernel upload to main host,
.. and maintenance of kernel mirror list

All mirrors need only make sure the cron job for mirror hive script is running.

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Postby Zedde » Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:38 pm

I like to help out too


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Postby Lightning » Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:51 pm

This all sounds pretty keen to me. Although there is always issues with kernel upgrades if a floppy is in use or required to be used to get the system on a hard drive in some applications such as SCSI machines and several others as well.
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Postby Thasaidon » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:37 am

So... where do we go from here?
anyone any suggestions on how were gonna do this?
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Postby Lightning » Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:01 pm

I am wondering if kernel mirroring and packages could be somewhat integrated. I know that I have a new package loading scheme for 039 that improves software mirroring capabilities to the point that if a package does not exist on a specific mirror then the system will check all of the mirrors until it finds it and this search is done from a dynamically generated list that is sorted in order of closeness. So that the bandwidth will be spread around.
So I am wondering if this also could be done for the kernels as well and it could possibly even be integrated into the system or have a package that would do it. in a similar manor as the current kernel package. But with mirroring capabilities and searching built in.
As for the actual mirroring, I think that is something that dRB will have to tinker with to create something that will update automatically.
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Postby dRB » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:29 pm

As for the actual mirroring, I think that is something that dRB will have to tinker with to create something that will update automatically.

doing some testing on this very thing

So I am wondering if this also could be done for the kernels as well and it could possibly even be integrated into the system or have a package that would do it

either way would serve well. with sanity checks in place, and space constraints with floppy installs, we have a small challenge on this task :D

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