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Old 06-10-2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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about successive linux kernels


do successive linux kernels just keep growing? In other words, do new releases retain all the information they had about various hardware and just keep adding more and more new hardware in each successive kernel release? Can I assume that if an old release of Ubuntu, for example, covered my particular hardware that all successive releases would continue to cover it as well?
 
Old 06-10-2016, 03:29 PM   #2
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I would assume that as well, else there would be a regression somewhere... But I tend not to jump on everything new without reason
 
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Hardware support is dropped. But that's all I know, sorry. The Kernel does grow and drivers are retained but sometimes changes are made which stop older hardware working or a decision is made to drop support. I know this from just being around and cannot quote any official sources so this is in no way official.
A news story to support my otherwise unsupported hunch:
http://www.extremetech.com/computing...-really-matter
 
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Old 06-10-2016, 07:44 PM   #4
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Hardware support is dropped. But that's all I know, sorry. The Kernel does grow and drivers are retained but sometimes changes are made which stop older hardware working or a decision is made to drop support. I know this from just being around and cannot quote any official sources so this is in no way official.
A news story to support my otherwise unsupported hunch:
http://www.extremetech.com/computing...-really-matter
OK. Yes, that some support and drivers would be dropped periodically to prevent complete bloat of the kernel is the safe guess. The kernel would gradually become a representation of all the hardware that has gone before to the dawn of personal computers. Somewhere there must me a record of which hardware was dropped from inclusion and when and why? although the question is really academic and I do not intend to pursue it. My curiosity is based upon having some old hardware in the house.
 
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OK. Yes, that some support and drivers would be dropped periodically to prevent complete bloat of the kernel is the safe guess. The kernel would gradually become a representation of all the hardware that has gone before to the dawn of personal computers. Somewhere there must me a record of which hardware was dropped from inclusion and when and why? although the question is really academic and I do not intend to pursue it. My curiosity is based upon having some old hardware in the house.
https://www.kernel.org/
Or just the web pages of the distributions you are thinking about using.
 
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