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Old 01-19-2018, 05:30 PM   #1
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Exclamation SARPi updated to kernel 4.14


SARPi - Slackware ARM installer and packages have been updated and are now running kernel 4.14.x on the RPi(1), RPi2, and RPi3.

They can be found on the SARPi downloads page:

sarpi.co.uk/?p=downloads

Please let me know if you find any issues, bugs, etc. Cheers!

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NB: For those of you who upgrade your Slackware ARM system(s) using the rpi-update tool:

The majority of users will most likely be running kernel 4.9.x so some consideration, and perhaps education, is required before upgrading. The Raspberry Pi Foundation are currently supporting kernel 4.9 and haven't moved up to kernel 4.14.x yet. This may create a problem for some users. In any event, if you are upgrading from kernel 4.9.x, or you're already running kernel 4.14.x, then you should run rpi-update with the following command option:

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~# BRANCH=next rpi-update
The SARPi Project doesn't encourage, or support, using rpi-update to upgrade a Slackware ARM system. So, before you experience any problems, the best advice is to RTFM and learn how to use this tool.

**edit** Once the RPi Foundation moves to kernel 4.14.x then the rpi-update tool can be used without any additional command options.

Last edited by Exaga; 01-19-2018 at 05:49 PM. Reason: extra rpi-update shizzle info
 
Old 01-19-2018, 09:20 PM   #2
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Thanks for the "extra rpi-update shizzle" info, Cheers!
 
Old 01-20-2018, 03:26 AM   #3
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Fresh install of SARPi Slackware 14.2 here, but I'm having trouble understanding how the kernel works. `uname -r` returns 4.14.14-v7-arm, but /usr/src has linux-4.4.14, and a `slackpkg upgrade-all` is offering kernel 4.4.111. Is the actual running kernel somehow separated from the normal Slackware update process? If so, shouldn't I just uninstall the 4.4.14 kernel? Also how would I receive updates for the 4.14.14-v7-arm kernel?
 
Old 01-20-2018, 07:34 AM   #4
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Fresh install of SARPi Slackware 14.2 here, but I'm having trouble understanding how the kernel works. `uname -r` returns 4.14.14-v7-arm, but /usr/src has linux-4.4.14, and a `slackpkg upgrade-all` is offering kernel 4.4.111. Is the actual running kernel somehow separated from the normal Slackware update process? If so, shouldn't I just uninstall the 4.4.14 kernel? Also how would I receive updates for the 4.14.14-v7-arm kernel?
There's no correlation between the kernel version that comes with Slackware ARM or the version which slackpkg installs (i.e. official bona fide software), and the version that SARPi uses to install/upgrade Slackware ARM (i.e. very unofficial shizzle). SARPi uses a custom-built kernel to serve a purpose, which is to facilitate the installation of Slackware ARM. That's it in a nutshell.

Perhaps you are confusing yourself due to being mistaken in thinking that SARPi is official software or supported by Slackware ARM. It's not.
 
Old 01-21-2018, 05:03 AM   #5
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Fresh install of SARPi Slackware 14.2 here, but I'm having trouble understanding how the kernel works. `uname -r` returns 4.14.14-v7-arm, but /usr/src has linux-4.4.14, and a `slackpkg upgrade-all` is offering kernel 4.4.111. Is the actual running kernel somehow separated from the normal Slackware update process? If so, shouldn't I just uninstall the 4.4.14 kernel? Also how would I receive updates for the 4.14.14-v7-arm kernel?
You can get rid of /usr/src/linux* and replace it with the kernel source of your choice. This source is there for compiling and has no effect on the running kernel. You can even remove it completely if you're not going to use it, to conserve disk space.

The linux-4.4.14 source is what comes with Slackware ARM. When you do a 'slackpkg upgrade-all' this source may be replaced with an updated version, e.g. linux-4.4.111 in your case. SARPi kernels are Raspberry Pi specific and are not (and never will be) included within the Slackware ARM official packages. This is why they won't be updated with 'slackpkg upgrade-all', or even 'slackpkg install slackware'.

The running kernel has always been separated from the Slackware update process.

There's a few options on how to get updates for your 4.14.14-v7-arm kernel:
a). the preferred way - build your own!
b). the alternative way(s) - download from SARPi Downloads or anywhere else that's distributing the 4.14.x kernel/modules Slackware ARM packages.
c). the n00b way - use rpi-update
 
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:05 AM   #6
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Ok thanks, the problem was that I didn't understand Slackware ARM in the first place All good now, it's running nicely on my RPi 2.
 
Old 01-21-2018, 10:06 AM   #7
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Ok thanks, the problem was that I didn't understand Slackware ARM in the first place All good now, it's running nicely on my RPi 2.
You and me both!

But ponder on this thought; Mozes states on his Slackware ARM website; "Slackware ARM's primary goal is to provide (as much as possible) a full port of Slackware x86". Which it does seamlessly, without any indication of disparity, and I dare anyone to challenge that fact. So, for most purposes, you might not notice the difference(s) between Slackware x86 and ARM.

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Old 01-23-2018, 05:27 PM   #8
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Cool FatDog.eu back online - SARPi RSS feed and other updates

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Thanks for the "extra rpi-update shizzle" info, Cheers!
More shizzle...

FatDog.eu came back online this morning at 07:30 approx. 301 redirects have been put in place to sarpi.co.uk. So, no matter which URL is requested you should end up at the right location in any event.

The SARPi RSS feed has been revamped, renovated, blinged, pimped, and modernised. Quite a bit of work has been done so I hope it's better. It certainly looks and feels better. Please let me know any thoughts or comments you may have. I'd especially like to know Mozes' opinion because it features lots of pretty pictures.

Since SARPi found a new home on 21 Dec 2017 we've been collecting web-stats from visitors on the sarpi.co.uk site. We've only been collecting them for about a month but they're already showing us some indications about; which areas of the website are most viewed/accessed, which Slackware ARM installer is the most popular/downloaded, and how many times someone has leeched the Slacksplash wallpaper. It might be interesting to publish some of these stats at some point in the future.

Everything seems to be going really well with the SARPi installer update to the 4.14.x kernel. So, as always, let me know if you find anything that's notable or needs fixing.

Cheers!
 
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