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Slackware 14.1

The kernel that comes with slackware 14.1 (3.10.17) is too large once USB support is added, so it can't boot Linux on 1MB devices.  I used instead 3.4.106.  According to https://www.kernel.org/ it is an long-term supported version.  Whatever that means.

Steps to install:
  • Download Slackware 14.1 DVD.
  • Download latest Knoppix DVD.
  • Install Slackware 32-bit in VirtualBox, A, AP, D, K, L, N disk sets.  sda1 as swap (64MB), sda2 as EXT3.
  • Check that all boots OK.
  • Change securetty and inittab to add a serial port login
  • Configure serial support on pipe in Virtual Box config and reboot
  • Test the serial login works from another virtual machine running Knoppix, connected to the same serial port pipe (Knoppix comes with minicom).
  • Replace hwclock line in startup scripts as found in previous slackware instructions
  • Remove stuff about mime and gtk from startup scripts, just wastes time and resource during boot
  • Download kernel for 3.4.106 from kernel.org
  • Change timex.h file to adjust PIT_TICK_RATE for bifferboard
  • Compile bifferboard kernel using the configuration below.
  • Install the kernel modules with make modules_install
  • Flash kernel to bifferboard
  • Set kernel command line console=uart,io,0x3f8 rootfs=/dev/sda2 rootwait

It is working, however seems to use more RAM than Slackware 13.37.  Probably worth finding a lighter shell than bash, as bash seems to use 4MB when running.

Biff Eros,
Feb 22, 2015, 5:12 PM
Biff Eros,
Feb 22, 2015, 5:12 PM