I would also check whatever config stuff you have for granular, as compared to your working pclos version. The hardware detection should be
As far as the testing repo, as always it's your choice. I would not leave it enabled, cause we truly use it for testing. You may even find updates
there that will not even install, while we are working on them. So I would only enable it from time to time, just to see if something may be there that you might need.
As for the irc. Anurag has expressed interest in this area based off of other requests. Then it just basically just flopped and never went anywhere.
So as the community gets bigger, I would say the irc is a real option. But to set it up now would only be focusing on the wrong things for us. We also set up a mailing list as it was requested. But have yet to see an email. We are certainly set up to be able to handle both an irc, and a mailing list. But until the community grows, and grows into using those tools I think we might have to just keep that stuff on the back burner so to speak.
But do check you config's and everything you can in your granular install. I am kinda curious, because even though our kernels and the pclos kernels are completely different, last I compared they should have been still close enough that I would think it should work.
I will also go back and check our kernel config just to make sure I did not miss something, and also to make sure we are supporting every available hopefully to cover your needs.