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MIPS Technologies Inc (MTI) is maintaining an additional repository containing a stable and tested kernel with focus on hardware support for MIPS Technologies' synthesizable cores and the Malta evaluation board. There kernels have undergone a range of conformance and soaktesting on the Malta platform, to provide 'stable' kernels with some degree of confidence. This code is now maintained on the linux-mti-* branches in the repository: http://www.linux-mips.org/git?p=linux-mti.git;a=summary, or you can clone it from git://www.linux-mips.org/pub/scm/linux-mti.git.

Tarballs of particular releases are also available: http://www.linux-mips.org/pub/linux/mips/mti-stable/v2.6/.

MTI aims to keep the linux-mti-* branches reasonably up to date with the latest available stable branch, or at most one version behind. This aiming to balance being modern and up-to-date with some degree of stability and reliability.

The kernel branches are labeled with the kernel version number, patch and the MTI build number, e.g.linux-mti- The current available kernels are:

Kernel version linux-mti tag Notes linux-mti- [link to changelog...]

How to check out the linux-mti kernels

The following two commands will get you a local repository with the the tag or branch checked out into a local branch for you to work on.

   git-clone git://ftp.linux-mips.org/pub/scm/linux-mti.git
   git-checkout -b my-linux-mti-x.x.x.y-z linux-mti-x.x.x.y-z

Where x.x.x.y-z is either the tag name, or branch of the kernel you want. For example linux-mti- is the tag for 2.6.19 patch level 1 and the MIPS build or patch level is 14.

For example:

   git-clone git://ftp.linux-mips.org/pub/scm/linux-mti.git
   cd linux-mti
   git-checkout -b my-linux-mti-  linux-mti-

Additional MTI generated configuration files can be found with the malta_defconfig in the MIPS configs directory: arch/mips/configs/malta_*config. To use one of these configurations copy it to the root of your checked out linux kernel tree and run make oldconfig.

   cp arch/mips/configs/malta_smtcconfig .config
   make oldconfig

In order to build the kernel, you will probably have to specify the prefix of your cross-compilation toolchain. For example:

   make CROSS_COMPILE=mipsisa32r2el-linux-

Note that the trailing '-' in the example above is a part of the prefix, not a typo.

If you want to submit changes back to linux-mips.org, you need to read http://www.linux-mips.org/wiki/The_perfect_patch page.