Linux on Q60/Q40

This site is dedicated to Linux on Q60/Q40 cards and is maintained by Thierry Godefroy.

All the software available from this page has been compiled on a ShoeString v1.0a (Redhat 7.2.1) Linux-Q60 distribution, and will most probably not work on the old Redhat5.2-based Linux-Q60 distribution. For a start, it is all dynamically linked against glibc v2.1.3.

At the time being, you will mostly find some pre-compiled RPMs and kernel patches, as well as some useful links to other Q60/Q40 sites.


New and updated packages:

Notes regarding packages numbering:
Other package updates which are not absolutely necessary, but are better getting updated as they improve performances, fix minor bugs, or cure various compilation problems:
Linux kernel patches  Updated !. IOT apply these patches go into the linux source directory (e.g. cd /usr/src/linux-2.4.36) and, for each patch, type: bzcat <patch filename> | patch -p1 -s (there should be no rejects).

Precompiled Linux kernel (with the above patches included).  Updated !  Don't forget to copy /boot/vmlinux- into a SMSQ/E partition so you can boot your new kernel from SMSQ/E...

WARNING regarding supermount (critical bug in ShoeString):

There seems to be a quirk in the rc.sysinit script of ShoeString and inserting the usual lines in /etc/fstab for mounting supermount devices makes the startup script to hang the computer. Even with a kernel without supermount support, it will hang (which means you'll have to change back the /etc/fstab file after booting on another partition or on a rescue disk... You have been warned !!!). To mount the removable media devices with supermount, you can instead add lines to /etc/rc.d/rc.local, like this:

# Source functions
. /etc/init.d/functions
# Mount the removable medium devices with Super-Mount:
action $"Super-Mounting the CD-ROM: " mount /mnt/cdrom /mnt/cdrom -t supermount -o fs=iso9660,dev=/dev/cdrom,ro
action $"Super-Mounting the floppy: " mount /mnt/floppy /mnt/floppy -t supermount -o fs=vfat,dev=/dev/fd0
NEW modutils: REQUIRED for Linux v2.4.33.3 !

Some links to related (Q40/Q60 and Linux-68k) Web sites:

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