I am using Debian Sid on my Athlon X2 computer with Asus M2N-MX mothereboard with one ide hard disk. This has an Nvidia MCP61 ide controller. Currently the installed debian kernel is 2.6.30-1. I noticed that debian kernel is using amd74xx kernel module for ide. I wanted to try out libata based pata driver which is pata_amd. This module is not even compiled, it is commented out as per /boot/config-2.6.30-1-amd64 So I compiled a custom kernel disabling ide and enabling pata_amd only. Everything is working fine. Now my hard disk is shown as sda instead of hda.
So the question is why debian kernel is still using old ide based drivers instead of the new libata pata drivers? When are they going to support pata drivers