Upgrading sarge to unstable

When using sarge install media to bootstrap an i386 you want to wind up running unstable it’s worth remembering to install with linux26 rather than the default 2.4 kernel. None of the initrd construction methods appear to cope terribly well when generating a ramdisk for 2.6.14 on a system running 2.4 (to be fair, most of them don’t claim to be able to) which causes a certain amount of pain during the upgrade. Either installing with 2.6 as the initial kernel or upgrading to 2.6.8 in sarge before upgrading to unstable will sidestep this problem.

Still, I now have a system I can use to test kernel things on without worrying too much about the potential for disaster.

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