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Distribution: Debian Jessie, FreeBSD 10.1 anything *nix to get my fix
For me speed is not and has never been an issue in deciding whether to upgrade a kernel.
I think you need to look at the 'features' of the 2.6* kernel and decide whether there is a compelling reason why you need to upgrade.
A factor you will want to bear in mind though is that by using a kernel not released with a distribution, strange errors are bound to crop up now & again. If you feel comfortable solving kernel related problems now & then - go for it. You will get lots of support here.
But if you simply want to use your system with no hassle, id stick with what works!!
I think speed is determined more by how well you compile it. If you are capable of building a kernel with what you need and only that, then it will be smaller and use fewer resources when it's extracted. I don't think building a 2.6 kernel with all the same features and modules that you currently have in 2.4 is going to make any difference in its speed.
speed of boot up has more to do with what services you are loading than what kernel you have.
Distribution: Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat/CentOS
up2date should offer a kernel upgrade at some point although I doubt the 2.6 kernel. On my server I use the 2.4 kernel and I have no problems. you may find though that for your desktop you prefer the 2.6 kernel. There are rpm's out there but I do not have the link handy...try google. trying to install a newer kernel on RH can be difficult at best, although I think there may be a how-to in the red hat forum
Distribution: CentOS 3.3-4, OpenBSD 3.3, Fedora Core 4, Ubuntu, Novell Open Enterprise Server
With the low latency improvements and the new scheduler, 2.6 will run desktop linux applications and day to day tasks much better. You will notice a big diff. But you need to know what you are doing if you want to play with 2.6. The good news is that 2.6.0 stable is out now.
To me, 2.6 is *considerably* faster than 2.4. My only problem is hdparm shows
my WD 120GB HD transferring 33MB/sec in 2.6 vs 42-47MB/sec in 2.4 (notice the difference in variance!), but it doesn't *feel* slower, that's for sure. As the other poster stated, disk access "feels" much faster and more nimble (perfect word, BTW .
As to stability, do some googling. I'm not - by a LONG shot - the only one who thinks 2.6.1 is *already* more stable than any 2.4 release ever released, and that probably includes Linus. May be a little early for production servers, but if you have a desktop, the time to go to 2.6 is either (a) NOW, or (b) whenever your distro will run on it. IMO*.
FWIW I'm running Arch 0.6 (actually "0.591 pre-Widget") on a 2.4GHz Celeron, 512MB.