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Old 11-08-2004, 03:02 AM   #1
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Do new Kernels improve hardware support?


I'm currently on Slackware 10, that come with kernel 2.4.26. Obviously I'm way off the current build of 2.6.9. Instead of applying the 30 odd patches to bring me up to date I was going to install a new kernel. The main reason for this is to try and get my network card recognised. Am I totally wrong in thinking that upgrading the kernel will help hardware support, and does anyone have any advice before I install a new kernel?
 
Old 11-08-2004, 03:05 AM   #2
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It definately helps hardware support, not sure about ur network card..what card is it? 2.6 kernel is awsome.
 
Old 11-08-2004, 03:16 AM   #3
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It's an onboard Intel thing. The PC is meant to be linux compliant, but they have supplied drivers for the NIC on a CD and the install process is becoming so drawn out I'm thinking about doing a Kernel update instead. Is a Kernel update straight forward? My system doesn't have a floppy drive, is that a problem? I've installed about 8 times over the weekend so there's nothing to loose.
 
Old 11-08-2004, 03:28 AM   #4
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Don't worry about having a version 2.4.x because the 2.4.x and 2.6.x series are worked on at the same time. in fact I just saw a headline on linux.org that 2.4.28 realease canidate 2 or 2.4.28r2 is now available. I'm still trying to learn linux myself so I don't know what the difference between the 2 are but you might get support for your network if you compile the current stable 2.6.x kernel or download a distro with the 2.6.x kernel already installed.

I have no idea why there are to seperate versions of the linux kernel. But even though there is a huge linux community the linux kernel is still completely maintained by it's creator (with help from contributors at times) Linus Torvalds. Maybe he sees some use in maintaining more then 1 linux kernel at a time.
 
Old 11-08-2004, 10:53 AM   #5
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2.6 is a newer kernel and has better hardware support. It doesnt make a difference if they are both being worked on at the same time. Kernel upgrade should not be very complicated if you follow the instructions.
http://kerneltrap.org/node/view/799?...57570cdebbe36f
look at the comparison in performance here..
http://www.2cpu.com/articles/98_5.html
http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork...7KernelCompare

Last edited by ksgill; 11-08-2004 at 10:56 AM.
 
Old 11-08-2004, 11:48 AM   #6
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Wow! Those performance differences are incredible. Kind of takes the decisions away wether to upgrade of not. Thanks for the ugrade link, I need my hand held
 
Old 11-08-2004, 03:26 PM   #7
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If you're really having trouble, just buy a new NIC. They're only about 5-10 nowadays ($7-$15ish) and they often come with Linux drivers. My Realtek one does, at least.
 
Old 11-08-2004, 03:29 PM   #8
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Would love to, but this is a SBC so I'm stuck with what I've got. Really need to know Slackware aswell.
 
  


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