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Old 02-28-2018, 05:27 AM   #1
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Vacancy - Community Owner needed for QEMU support


Hello

The QEMU support in Slackware ARM is in need of one or more careful owners.
If you'd like to help maintain it, apply below! If more than one want to do it, you should set up a group between yourselves.



Role & Responsibilities

1. Testing the full OS installation using the Slackware installer:
  • As frequently as possible (perhaps once every two months)
  • At least two-three months in advance of a Slackware release (you will be notified when the tests should begin, so that there is time to feed any required changes back in to Slackware ARM)
2. Continuous testing
  • Keeping an installation of -current up to date:
  • Rebooting in to new kernels
  • Testing Xorg (using a light weight window manager - not KDE!)

3. Maintaining documentation

Initially, you should take the QEMU installation instructions from the -current tree and copy it to docs.slackware.com.

There will be a document per release - e.g. one page for 14.2, 15.0, -current and so on.
This is because occasionally, the instructions need to change to accommodate changes in the Kernel parameters, installer and so on -- and it's cleaner to have only the information required on the page, rather than to be confronted with a list of rules for particular releases.

4. QEMU installer and OS boot script maintenance

The QEMU build should reference the one held on slackbuilds.org.
You will need to test and maintain the scripts used to boot the installer and the OS,
maintaining a change log within the scripts as to which versions of QEMU and Slackware they have been tested with.
Again, the scripts should be maintained for a particular Slackware release for the same reasons as the documentation. However, note that the scripts may need maintenance as newer releases of QEMU are released.

5. Feeding fixes upstream

You'll feed any required fixes for the QEMU support (for example, additional Kernel modules required in the installer or OS initrd) back upstream to the Slackware ARM maintainer (me).

Compensation

The salary is paid in satisfaction of doing something you like, and learning more about Linux and Slackware.

Application process
The QEMU support is currently non-functional in -current. Your application process is to fix it and report back with the changes needed.

Last edited by drmozes; 02-28-2018 at 07:32 AM.
 
Old 03-05-2018, 01:33 PM   #2
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Hello

The QEMU support in Slackware ARM is in need of one or more careful owners.
If you'd like to help maintain it, apply below! If more than one want to do it, you should set up a group between yourselves.



Role & Responsibilities

1. Testing the full OS installation using the Slackware installer:
  • As frequently as possible (perhaps once every two months)
  • At least two-three months in advance of a Slackware release (you will be notified when the tests should begin, so that there is time to feed any required changes back in to Slackware ARM)
2. Continuous testing
  • Keeping an installation of -current up to date:
  • Rebooting in to new kernels
  • Testing Xorg (using a light weight window manager - not KDE!)

3. Maintaining documentation

Initially, you should take the QEMU installation instructions from the -current tree and copy it to docs.slackware.com.

There will be a document per release - e.g. one page for 14.2, 15.0, -current and so on.
This is because occasionally, the instructions need to change to accommodate changes in the Kernel parameters, installer and so on -- and it's cleaner to have only the information required on the page, rather than to be confronted with a list of rules for particular releases.

4. QEMU installer and OS boot script maintenance

The QEMU build should reference the one held on slackbuilds.org.
You will need to test and maintain the scripts used to boot the installer and the OS,
maintaining a change log within the scripts as to which versions of QEMU and Slackware they have been tested with.
Again, the scripts should be maintained for a particular Slackware release for the same reasons as the documentation. However, note that the scripts may need maintenance as newer releases of QEMU are released.

5. Feeding fixes upstream

You'll feed any required fixes for the QEMU support (for example, additional Kernel modules required in the installer or OS initrd) back upstream to the Slackware ARM maintainer (me).

Compensation

The salary is paid in satisfaction of doing something you like, and learning more about Linux and Slackware.

Application process
The QEMU support is currently non-functional in -current. Your application process is to fix it and report back with the changes needed.
Hello good Doctor! I can give this a try if you are still looking for people. I have quite a few powerful machines at home. If I understand correctly, do you want us to go through the instructions for -14.2 and see if I can get it to work on -current?
 
Old 03-06-2018, 02:34 AM   #3
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If I understand correctly, do you want us to go through the instructions for -14.2 and see if I can get it to work on -current?
Basically, yes. -current has an updated version of the QEMU installation documentation, so you can start from there.
 
Old 03-07-2018, 09:28 AM   #4
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FYI, the qemu directory seems to be missing in the boardsupport section.
 
Old 03-07-2018, 11:18 AM   #5
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FYI, the qemu directory seems to be missing in the boardsupport section.
Thanks - that was an easy one to fix :-)
 
Old 03-07-2018, 01:45 PM   #6
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Thanks - that was an easy one to fix :-)
Thank you! Doing an install right now of -current. I had for gotten how sloooooooooooow arm emulation was on qemu.
 
Old 03-08-2018, 08:31 AM   #7
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Install is still going!!! That or it froze. I'll report back later.
 
Old 03-08-2018, 10:30 AM   #8
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Pretty sure the installer hung up. Last package it tried to install was:
Code:
libtool-2.4.6-arm-5: a generic library support script .................. [2.4M]
 
  


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