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Old 06-24-2004, 05:08 PM   #1
BajaNick
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Whats so special about Slack 10?


Ive upgraded Slack using swaret and everything is up to date but still using 2.4 kernel. What is so special about 2.6 other than being a little faster. Is it worth all the hassles to try to upgrade to the 2.6 kernel?
 
Old 06-24-2004, 05:15 PM   #2
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there must have been a specific reason that Pat V. did not use
kernel 2.6x in the recent release..........
2.6x still has a long way to go because of the problems related to
sound and/or video.
 
Old 06-24-2004, 06:53 PM   #3
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Smile 2.6

I use a custom kernel 2.6.7 on Slack 9.1 and I have not had the video and sound problems talked about in this post.
 
Old 06-24-2004, 08:55 PM   #4
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Sound set up was easy as could be in 9.1. Then I tried out SuSE 9.1 Pro with the 2.6 kernel and very standard hardware on a different box. Nvidia TNT2 M64 AGP card and onboard AC'97 sound. Getting the NVIDIA driver to "take" was a two-day effort, and I've never gotten the sound to work consistently after trying for two weeks. Every time I log out and then back in, I have to rerun the alsa stuff and alstctl store. I'm about to give up and blow it off my partition. I'm tempted to stay with 2.4...
 
Old 06-24-2004, 10:39 PM   #5
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I've had the same probs when ever I try 2.6.... It varies tho.... Still too buggy. You guys can keep that kernel. Too young. Too buggy. They completely loused up the synaptics touchpad driver in 2.6 as well. Quite frankly, I hate the 2.6 kernel thru and thru.....
 
Old 06-24-2004, 10:41 PM   #6
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2.6.7 working great here... alsa works great (though I recompiled all of it from source), Nvidia drivers working perfectly, and it's fast as hell...
 
Old 06-25-2004, 12:04 AM   #7
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My understanding is that Linus T. will not start the 2.7 development kernel until 2.6 is considered pretty stable. Until that happens it is unlikely that Pat V. will make it a default kernel in his distro.
 
Old 06-25-2004, 12:18 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by tigerflag
Every time I log out and then back in, I have to rerun the alsa stuff and alstctl store. I'm about to give up and blow it off my partition. I'm tempted to stay with 2.4...
Try running "alsactl restore" and see if that brings back your mixer settings. I've got a line in /etc/rc.d/rc.local to do just that.
 
Old 06-25-2004, 12:17 PM   #9
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I havn't had a single problem with my 2.6.x kernels. Not only did the 2.6.6 kernel fix my nForce2 problems, it had a speed increase (without having to do any illregular module compiling).

Kernel 2.6.x, I think I love you. Call me, k?
 
Old 06-25-2004, 12:24 PM   #10
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I agree, 2.6.x kernels are just fine for me. But I don't run a laptop and have any need for synaptics drivers at this point, and if I did.. I probably wouldn't mind running and older kernel on such a machine anyway..
 
Old 06-25-2004, 03:25 PM   #11
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for those of u who have sound problems in 2.6, u need to alias ur modules in modprobe.conf instead of modules.conf, at least i think
 
Old 06-25-2004, 03:54 PM   #12
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anyway most of us will be running 2.6x as most want bleeding edge... even if its a bit blunt... coz if no one did who'll fix anything...
 
Old 06-25-2004, 04:08 PM   #13
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elyk kindly wrote:

Try running "alsactl restore" and see if that brings back your mixer settings. I've got a line in /etc/rc.d/rc.local to do just that.

I wish I could, but it's running SuSE and SuSE doesn't have the same file structure as Slackware.

Rahmed, I think it IS a problem with modprobe.conf, but I'm not sure "exactly" what to put in there.

SuSE isn't like Slackware. Once you start hand-configuring the files, Yast doesn't want to work anymore. Yast didn't see the new NVIDIA driver I installed, so I hand edited the X config file like I've done successfully in Slackware a zillion times. Then when my changes didn't get recognized, Yast wouldn't do anything anymore. Slackware is great about configuring by editing text files. SuSe wants Yast to do everything, but when Yast is confused, you can hardly do anything yourself.

I just know that the problems I've had with 2.6 are about as numerous as when I started in Linux years ago with an early 2.4 kernel.
 
Old 06-25-2004, 04:42 PM   #14
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i know if u go to alsa's homepage, they give card specific instructions if u search around for a while. it even tells u what to put in modprobe.conf thats what i did
 
Old 06-25-2004, 05:01 PM   #15
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When I did run alsaconf, modprobe.conf was filled automatically with proper values.

Also for Suse, it is a GNU/Linux system, so I think put command in /etc/rc.d/rc.local should work like slackware, like redhat etc...
 
  


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