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Old 06-14-2005, 03:21 PM   #1
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Kernel bound


Hi,
I just purchased the new Slack 10.1. But it seems, it runs the 2.4.29 kernel as the default. I had thought that perhaps there'd be an option to load the 2.6.XX kernel. Can it be done during setup, or do I have to undertake the compile route?
 
Old 06-14-2005, 03:35 PM   #2
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You have to install Slackware with 2.4.29, but after that you can then install 2.6.10 which can be found in /extra on the third CD.
 
Old 06-14-2005, 03:37 PM   #3
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Yes, on CD1 there is kernel 2.6XX... In /testing/ you will find .tgz I think you should only install it and it will configure lilo and everything will be ok. But i am not sure, so better make backup
 
Old 06-14-2005, 03:38 PM   #4
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/extra ? maybe ... I hope you will find it
 
Old 06-14-2005, 04:28 PM   #5
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Re: Kernel bound

Quote:
Originally posted by corbis_demon
Can it be done during setup
As cathectic pointed out, no.

Quote:
Originally posted by corbis_demon
or do I have to undertake the compile route?
Also pointed out, you don't have to compile your own. You can install Slackware provided package.

My advice, though, is that you do compile your own. It's the perfect opportunity. You have a fresh install. If you mess up and get scared, re-install. No harm, no foul. You don't have to worry about losing all the data you've been storing for the last few years. You don't have to worry about losing all of your custom configurations that you've spent hours and hours getting just right. Plus, by compiling and installing a new kernel version (as opposed to simply recompiling the current kernel), you don't have to worry about messing up your current installation, as the new modules will not overwrite the working modules you already have.

Compiling your own has several advantages:

1) No need for initrd.
2) No need to wait for PV to release a Slackware package when you want to upgrade in the future
3) Since you already know how to compile, you can easily reconfigure for new hardware in the future.
4) You can custom tailor the kernel to your specific setup. You may notice a performance increase, you may not; But some people enjoy stripping the kernel down just for fun.
5) When a new kernel is released, you get to be one of the first to discover the Nvidia incompatibilities with the new kernel firsthand.
 
Old 06-14-2005, 04:35 PM   #6
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Apologies: mmmm is correct, the 2.6 kernel can be found in /testing. (and it may even be on CD1...)

However, I would recommend following Shilo's method and build your own kernel instead.
 
Old 06-16-2005, 08:27 AM   #7
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good luck
 
  


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