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I'm still a to the world of the kernel compilation but I noticed that there was a jump from the 2.4 kernel to the 2.6, and years ago from the 2.2 to the 2.4
But where are the 2.3 and 2.5 Kernels? Why aren't they popular?
even numbered kernels are production (read stable), and the odd kernels are development (newest stuff). while 2.4.x was the current stable, the kernel developers were working on 2.5.x, until they started working on 2.6.0 to get it ready for stable release. in a little while, they will start working on 2.7.x, which will be the next development, or "bleeding edge" kernel.