Friday, April 14, 2006

Slightly off-topic

Today, I finally got fed up with the Linux distribution I was using (Ubuntu) and canned it for my old favourite, Slackware.

After 2 full kernel freezes in an afternoon, I was getting flashbacks to being a Windows user. I don't know if it's anything to do with the 2.6 kernel or the Ubuntu/Debian flavour of it, and I don't care. My machine is now at least 25% faster after having re-installed Slackware with it's 2.4.31 kernel. No crashes either.

Now, to the point of this diatribe - when I tried to use the alien trick to install the packages, it all went pear shaped. Alien is not amongst Slackware's slim package repository, nor was I able to download the official sources using svn, because apparently they don't exist.

My only choice was to recompile the AVR-GCC compiler from scratch, which I was able to do by following these instructions. It's nowhere near as tricky as it sounds - and the instructions work fantastically.

It can be done, and it's easy!

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