i had a great post started. except the success of what i was writing hinged on my ability to upgrade the linux kernel on my debian box. so i could get usb support. yeah, i know. your typical friday night.
i tried compiling the 2.6 kernel (a 20 minute endeavor on my little mini-itx baby)–several times. and each time booting with the new kernel i got the following error:
Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(3,1)
4 hours of that and i figured screw it.
so i tried to update to the latest kernel available (2.4) via debian’s dselect utility. well, that worked, the system booted, except without being able to talk to the internet–not so great for a webserver. being a little rusty on using ifconfig, i just wanted to get back to a working machine and be done with it.
so finally i got back to a 2.2 kernel with dselect. back to where i was when i started. the machine boots. and it can talk to the internet. what a waste.