Summary

Discuss the mainline baseline version for Natty. Also discuss the current kernel flavours for each architecture. We will also discuss the source branch for these flavours. Finally we will touch on the ports architectures.

Release Note

None.

Kernel Version

Discussions on which mainline kernel base is appropriate for Natty. As Natty is not an LTS we do not require a specific version for alignment upstream. Therefore we will be using the latest version released at kernel freeze.

Flavours

Are we carrying the appropriate flavours?

Current Flavours

Distro

Architecture

Flavour

Description

i386

generic

kernel for desktop machines with less than 4GB of ram

i386

generic-pae

kernel for desktop machines with more than 4GB of ram

i386

virtual

kernel for virtual machine use (KVM/EC2)

amd64

generic

kernel for desktop machines

amd64

server

kernel for server machines

amd64

virtual

kernel for virtual machine use (KVM/EC2)

armel

versatile

kernel for ARM versatile (QEMU)

armel

omap

kernel for ARM OMAP-3 hardware

Ports

Architecture

Flavour

Description

powerpc

powerpc

PowerPC

powerpc

powerpc-smp

PowerPC with SMP support

powerpc

powerpc64-smp

PowerPC64 with SMP support

New Flavours

64bit kernels on 32bit userspace (amd64 on i386)

We have had a number of requests for a 64 bit kernel (amd64) for 32 bit (i386) installs. This gives the user the advantages of running 64 bit in terms of kernel memory handling improvements while maintaining the 32 bit userspace which remains more compatible with 3rd party applications.

rtg - I suspect there will be some caveats to this combination. For example, VmWare may not work, nor will other virtualization programs. 64 bit chroots will likely also not be possible because of packaging resaons, despite the 64 bit kernel.

Low-latency kernel

With nobody committed to maintain a kernel with Ingo's RT patches in, is a kernel with config changes to prefer low latency over e g power consumption the next best thing we can give e g ubuntu-studio users? Are Alessio's lowlatency suggestions a good base for such a flavour? Reference: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/kernel-team/2010-February/008713.html

Flavour Source Disposition

In Maverick the master branch produced two ARM flavours, versatile and OMAP3. With Linaro also producing OMAP3 kernels it may be appropriate to switch the source of these kernels over to that kernel; even if we do not it may be appropriate to pull out this into its own branch.

rtg - Given how well the Linaro arm flavour is doing, I'm of the opinion that the only armel flavour that should be produced by the master branch is versatile (for qemu). There is currently a lot of unnecessary duplication between Maverick master(omap3)/ti-omap4/mvl-dove and the linux-linaro kernel package produced by John Rigby.

Ports Architectures

As ia64 and sparc are now officially dead we are only carrying powerpc as a ports architecute. As the source is now carried primarily on the master branch is there any longer any value in treating this differently. Specifically should we be pulling back the ports meta package into the main one to simplify maintenance.

BoF agenda and discussion

Discussion

Natty Kernel Version

Likely 2.6.38 (final decision to be made right around Christmas) Advantage of 2.6.38 for linaro is an extra month to submit patches etc.

Natty Kernel Flavours

ACTIONS

See blueprint whiteboard for actions.

Resolutions

64 bit flavour for 32 bit i386 installs

There seemed almost no support for such a thing and it would increase build times on our longest running architecture. Therefore we are not proposing one for Natty.

PowerPC Flavours

As per the discussion on kernel-team@lists.ubuntu.com we could consider dropping the non-smp powerpc flavour, however there is about a 3.5% performance loss for dropping the powerpc (non-smp) flavour. Overall there is not enough compelling reason to drop it.


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KernelTeam/Specs/KernelNattyVersionAndFlavours (last edited 2010-12-08 14:42:07 by apw)