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Re: Maintaining a custom out-of-tree patched Debian kernel for specific hardware

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 07:38:41PM +0530, Kumar Appaiah wrote:
> Dear Debian Developers,
> I am part of a team working on getting Debian on low cost laptops (see
> http://www.rdp.in for details) so that they can be sold with Debian
> preinstalled. While vanilla Debian largely works, unfortunately,
> making Bluetooth and sound work require kernel rebuilding. The patches
> and config changes are not likely to be upstreamed any time soon, so
> we would have to ship the laptop with a patched (non-Debian
> kernel). Our team is, thus, taking up the responsibility of ensuring
> that up-to-date kernel (with security fixes) are made available to the
> users of our laptop. The patches and configs are adapted from here:
> https://github.com/sundarnagarajan/kernel_build

Are the the patches you need are really just those in patches/? If yes,
they are small enough that if I were in your place I would talk to the
Debian kernel team to see if they can be included in the official Debian

Also, the patches being that small, what's stopping them from
being upstreamed?

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