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OpenSlug-2.3-beta release notes

DEPRECATED

  1. The kernel has been updated from 2.6.11.2 to 2.6.12.2. To upgrade from OpenSlug 2.0 follow the instructions in UpgradingOpenSlugToANewRelease.
  2. The libc implementation has been updated from glibc 2.3.2+cvs20040726 to glibc 2.3.5+cvs20050627.
  3. The bug which prevented reboot of the NSLU2 under certain circumstances has been fixed.

Any users of OpenSlug-1.12-beta should upgrade as soon as possible to OpenSlug-2.3-beta using UpSlug.

Users of OpenSlug-2.0-beta should upgrade to 2.3-beta to get access to the new package feed - the OpenSlug-2.0-beta package feed will no longer be updated regularly (if at all.)

Sections in this page:

  1. Release email
  2. Known bugs
  3. Fixed bugs
  4. Major package changes
  5. Package additions
  6. Package removals
  7. Minor package changes

All changes are with respect to OpenSlug-2.0-beta. A major change corresponds to a change in the version number of the downloaded (remote) source. A minor change indicates that a package still uses the same source but has had a minor revision (including, possibly, addition of a patch) in the build.

(1) Release Email

The NSLU2-Linux development team is pleased to announce the source release of OpenSlug 2.3-beta. This source release can be found at the release page:

http://www.slug-firmware.net

Information about the OpenSlug software and this release can be found at the OpenSlug home page. This page gives essential information for first time users of OpenSlug.

The full release notes for this software can be found in the OpenSlug-2.3-beta release notes.

Note that the OpenSlug software is intended for use by people who have previously installed and administered one or more Linux systems. If you are a first-time user of custom firmware for the NSLU2, then we recommend that you start with the Unslung firmware, and then make a decision whether to move to the OpenSlug firmware only after you are familiar with installing and running custom firmware on the NSLU2.

Due to licensing of the Intel IXP400 loadable kernel module, the binary releases are being prepared by a trusted third party, will be released separately on a different site from www.nslu2-linux.org, and will require you to agree to a click-through end-user license to be able to download the binary firmware image. As a result binary releases are made a few days after source releases.

Note that there is no charge for this click-through license, and (as far as we can tell - we are not lawyers, and you should make your own judgement before accepting the license) the only thing that the license prevents you from doing is to redistribute the Intel IXP400 loadable kernel module in a way which might subject the Intel IXP400 software to any other license obligations (this is a condition of use of the Intel IXP400 software which runs the built-in ethernet interface of the NSLU2).

Since the Intel source is compiled into a loadable kernel module (for OpenSlug, - the kernel module is just copied from the Linksys firmware for Unslung), then aggregating that loadable kernel module with the rest of the firmware does not subject the Intel software to any other license obligations and therefore complies with the Intel license.

However the nslu2-linux developent team cannot accept that license on your behalf, and therefore any individual who downloads the binary image must accept the Intel license on their own behalf before that individual can be given access to the binary image that our trusted third party will release.

Information about the binary release is sent to the NSLU2 mailing lists on http://groups.yahoo.com. If you are not familiar with building software from source you should use the binary release.

(2) Known bugs

The following bug reported in versions of OpenSlug to 2.3-beta was not fixed in 2.3-beta:

  1. Bug 109. Under heavy disk load the kernel will report "irq26: nobody cared". The problem is believed to arise because of the race condition in the clearing of a hardware interrupt. There is no known fix, however OpenSlug-2.3-beta disables the kernel IRQ debugging which outputs the message by setting the noirqdebug option on the kernel command line.

The following feature requests were not implemented in OpenSlug-2.3-beta and have been deferred for a future release (see the bug report for the current status):

  1. Bug 169. udev support is not implemented.
  2. Bug 175. Openslug does not have /etc/inittime, required for a few packages (e.g. openntpd).
  3. Bug 208. At the moment all rbutton and pbutton events are handled by the kernel itself (see nslu2-io.c). No correct shutdown is possible now. Instead the slug directly turns off and all data is lost.

The bugs currently known to exist in OpenSlug-2.3-beta may be found using the OpenSlug-2.3-beta bug query.

(3) Fixed bugs

The following bugs present in OpenSlug-2.0-beta have been fixed in OpenSlug-2.3-beta:

  1. Bug 145 shutdown -r fails on any system with a hard disk.

The remaining bugs reported in 1.12 and 2.0 have been fixed. The full list of bugs in OpenSlug (including fixed ones) can be found at the OpenSlug bug query.

(4) Major package changes

The following packages have undergone a major revision change. This means that a different revision of the package source code is being used. For further information consult the home page of the package.

PackageOpenSlug-2.0-betaOpenSlug-2.3-beta
bluez-libs/bluez-libs2.162.18
bluez-utils/bluez-utils-nodbus2.162.18
devio/devior1r2
dropbear/dropbear0.450.46
ftpd-topfield/ftpd-topfield0.5.10.5.2
glibc/glibc2.3.2+cvs200407262.3.5+cvs20050627
gnu-config/gnu-config-nativecvs20050701
libpcap/libpcap0.8.30.9.3
linux/openslug-kernel2.6.11.22.6.12.2
module-init-tools/module-init-tools3.2-pre43.2-pre7
mtd/mtd-utils2005061520050715
mtd/mtd-utils-native2005061520050715
nis/ypbind-mt1.181.19
nis/ypserv2.152.17
sysfsutils/sysfsutils1.2.01.3.0

(6) Package additions

These packages have been added to the build (there are many other packages which can be built from the source tree.)

PackageOpenSlug-2.3
audiofile/audiofile0.2.6
bind/bind9.3.1
binutils/binutils2.16
boost/boost1.32.0
boost/boost-jam-native3.1.10
cron/cron3.0pl1
flac/flac1.1.0
glib-2.0/glib-2.02.6.4
glib-2.0/glib-2.0-native2.6.5
gnu-config/gnu-config20050701
gphoto2/gphoto22.1.6
gtk-doc/gtk-docnone
gtk-doc/gtk-doc-nativenone
install/install-native0.1
jpeg/jpeg6b
libao/libao0.8.4
libexif/libexif0.5.12
libgphoto2/libgphoto22.1.6
libmad/libmad0.15.0b
libmikmod/libmikmod3.2.0-beta2
libogg/libogg1.1
libtool/libtool-cross1.5.10
libvorbis/libvorbis1.0.1
libxml/libxml22.6.10
lzo/lzo1.08
mgetty/mgetty1.1.30
monotone/monotone-40.19
monotone/monotone-50.21
musicpd/mpd0.11.2
mutt/mutt1.5.4i
openntpd/openntpd3.7p1
openvpn/openvpn2.0rc1
patch/patch2.5.9
pcre/pcre4.4
pcre/pcre-native4.4
popt/popt1.7
postfix/postfix2.0.20
postfix/postfix-native2.0.20
sane-backends/sane-backends1.0.15
util-linux/util-linux2.12q
vlan/vlan1.8
xinetd/xinetd2.3.13

(5) Package removals

The packages have been removed from the build (they may still be available in the source tree.)

PackageOpenSlug-2.0
atftp/atftp0.7
strace/strace4.5.11

(7) Minor package changes

The following packages have minor revisions. These changes can be seen in the source openembedded/packages directory for the package. Such changes include:

  1. Configuration changes (OECONF)
  2. Installation changes.
  3. Init script (boot) changes.
  4. Patches
PackageOpenSlug-2.0OpenSlug-2.3
thttpd-2.25br0r2
zlib-native-1.2.2r5r6
openslug-init-0.10r31r41
base-files-3.0.14r35r38
base-passwd-3.5.9r0r2
mysql-native-4.1.12r0r3
mysql-4.1.12r0r3
libusb-0.1.10ar1r2
ixp425-eth-1.1r4r5
libtool-1.5.10r1r2
ntp-4.2.0r2r3
busybox-1.00r25r27
python-2.4.1ml4ml7
linux-libc-headers-2.6.11.1r0r1
initscripts-openslug-1.0r45.1r48.1
samba-3.0.14ar1r8
ixp4xx-csr-1.4r2r3
sudo-1.6.8p8r2r3
zlib-1.2.2r5r6
nfs-utils-1.0.6r1r2
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