Compared to base defconfig or some other kernels you may find around, these will always have support for:
- all USB Ethernet NICs, USB 3G modems and USB webcams, USB DisplayLink VGA
- most USB soundcards, USB serial converters and USB DVB receivers
- IPv6 and Netfilter (iptables/ip6tables)
- AoE, NBD, NFS, POSIX ACL
- ham radio networking
- BATMAN Mesh networking
- “TEMPer” USB HID temperature sensor
- Built-in graphics completely disabled;
- 501 MB of RAM usable on a 512 MB boards, 1008 MB on 1 GB boards (according to
Note that “Server” in the name only related to the most common usage of this kernel, don't be surprised that this kernel also includes a lot of “desktop” features – like support for webcams, soundcards, joysticks etc. This is targetted for the case where someone will use this kernel with an external USB graphics adapter, such as DisplayLink.
- Built-in graphics supported (but not the CedarX video engine);
- ~390 MB of RAM usable on 512 MB boards, ~900 MB on 1 GB boards.
- Allwinner built-in graphics supported;
- CedarX video engine supported;
- ~310 MB of RAM usable on a 512 MB board, ~820 MB on 1 GB boards.
Here we assume that your Allwinner-based device is already booted up and you have SSH or direct console access.
linux-image-*.deb to your target device and install it there:
dpkg -i linux-image-*.deb
If you do not use a Debian-based distribution or can't boot your device into a working state to use
dpkg, you will need to unpack the
.deb file manually and place the contents of
lib/modules/ from inside it into the same location in your root FS.
Installing uImage (the kernel image itself) is not currently automated via the
.deb package, so you need to copy it manually.
First, ensure your
/boot/ partition is mounted: check what files you have in
/boot/. There should be at least some, including the previous version of
uImage. If your /boot/ is empty, try mounting it with
mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /boot and then check again.
Until you have verified that the new kernel boots fine, keeping the previous
uImage is generally a good idea, just rename it into something different (e.g.
cp /boot/uImage /boot/uImage.old
After that, copy
/boot/, naming it simply
cp uImage-* /boot/uImage
In case your new kernel doesn't boot, you can simply insert your the SD card into some other device, mount the boot partition and restore the previous