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now i've a 22.214.171.124 kernel version principaly to use automount with freerock gnome. On the other hand i've used a 2.4.* during a lot of time and it worked very well. I find it boots a little quicker that the 2.6.
If you want to install the nvidia drivers with a 2.4.* kernel you must add this command : ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-8762 -pkg1.run --force-tls=classic
I'm using 2.4 because it came with 10.2 and I haven't really been bothered to compile a new kernel (and also because I can't use my machines at the moment ). When Slack 11 is released, I will use the 2.6 that comes with it.. or just compile 2.6.17.x.
On my PC I use 2.6 because I can (Plus customised udev rules are pretty useful for various devices).
On my laptop, since it's a more recent one (Acer Aspire 5021WLMi), I need to use 2.6 since there are an awful lot of changes/ fixes needed that went into 2.6 recently (ACPI updates, chipset fixes, etc)
2.4 for me. It supports all my hardware just fine so I have no reason to upgrade. Besides, I have heard that 2.6 is pretty buggy in comparison. When 2.6 is Slackware's default/only kernel, I will switch.
I use 2.6 kernels for two main reasons... I've never had any problems with them and they're the only kernels I know! I've only been using linux for almost a year so I have no experience with 2.4. Everything I've done in linux has been with a 2.6 and all my hardware runs fine for me. I'm also quite used to compiling 2.6 kernels since I've switched to slack. When slack 11 comes out and the 2.6 kernel is official, I'll be using that exclusively.
I also compile my own kernels "just for fun" usually after about 4 or 6 increments of the y version (as in 2.6.x.y), or when a new x version comes out. If anything it keeps my kernel skills up to date and I don't have to worry so much about security. I'm currently running 126.96.36.199 and I'll probably do another one this weekend regardless of what version it is.