Because I am most familiar with DebianLinux this tutorial will be very Debian specific. If someone will write an equivelent for Redhat, Mandrake, Suse that would be great.
I starting off by compiling a custom kernel using Debian's make-kpkg facility. However at this point I don't believe that this is necessisary. What follows is a step by step guide of what I've done. When I've made it all work this page will be updated but in the mean time it's my scratch pad so don't expect it to be a guide to LinuxAccessPoint nirvana.
This requires packages which are only available in Debian's unstable distribution. If you're not comfortable using their unstable distribution you might not want to do this, however it caused me very little heart ache. Thus you need to make sure that your /etc/apt/sources.list file contains these lines.
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-freeBR deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free
- The 2.4 kernel requires newer versions of some packages. Exactly which packages these are I haven't narrowed down yet, but as a start you need to make sure you are running the lastest versions of at least these packages.
# apt-get install modutils initrd-tools
- You are also going to have to compile some stuff so you need to make sure that you have what's required to compile kernel modules. If you've done this before you should be able to skip this step.
# apt-get install gcc make patch bin86 libc6-dev binutils
Find what the most recent version of the 2.4 kernel is which has been Debianized. At the time of writing this was 2.4.9 so it will be refered to as that from now on. For testing I would recommend that you use the -386 kernel package, later when everything works you can upgrade to a kernel which is optimized for your particular Intel architecture.
# apt-cache search kernel-image-2.4
- Install the latest kernel image, PCMCIA card servers and sources and the wireless tools packages.
# apt-get install kernel-image-2.4.9-386 pcmcia-cs pcmcia-source wireless-tools
- Update your boot manager (either lilo or grub) to use the new kernel. Doing this is beyond the scope of this document, however note that the Debian 2.4 kernels do use initrd so you will need to configure lilo/grub to use that or you will be unable to boot the new kernel. Make sure you leave a your old working kernel configuration in case something doesn't work with the new kernel.
- Reboot your computer and make sure the new kernel works!
# shutdown -r now
- Untar the PCMCIA source package, and add the custom Prism 2 modules to it.
- Build the PCMCIA modules.
# cd /usr/src/modules/pcmcia-cs
oh crap ... this won't work cause you need to have kernel source to build the pcmcia modules. shit shit shit. okay .. back to the documentaiton drawing board. more tomorrow. it's bed time.