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H_TeXMeX_H 04-28-2013 07:44 AM

When do you update/upgrade the kernel ?
 
Select all that apply, votes are public.

What motivates you to update/upgrade the kernel, if anything.

tronayne 04-28-2013 07:54 AM

Well, actually, nothing does -- I keep everything at stable. But I remember when there was a kernel update in... uh, 12.1? That I did do. And, on the other hand, I suppose that when a release is published and the DVD arrives in the mail the kernel might just be an upgrade, eh?

I really value stability and predictability -- the servers run for months -- over hairy edge; I suppose that was one of the reasons for picking Slackware in the first place.

pan64 04-28-2013 08:18 AM

well, I will update when there is a newer one, but of course I will always keep the (last) working one.

hitest 04-28-2013 08:47 AM

I generally stick with what Pat gives me.

Fidori 04-28-2013 09:14 AM

On my server, I'm using the kernel shipped with Slackware.

On my desktop, I'm following the 3.8 branch of kernel.org, because my graphics card works better with that. Otherwise I would be using the stock kernel on desktop also.

ozar 04-28-2013 09:17 AM

I generally stick with the default kernel unless there is a good reason to upgrade.

chrisretusn 04-28-2013 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hitest (Post 4940487)
I generally stick with what Pat gives me.

Same answer here.

H_TeXMeX_H 04-28-2013 09:33 AM

I prefer one of the stable LTS branches, unless Slackware comes with an even newer kernel. In this case I wait for a LTS kernel. I always build a custom kernel and keep it up to date for all fixes. I do consider features in the kernel, such as video card support, but currently that's no longer an issue for me.

Didier Spaier 04-28-2013 09:40 AM

I use one that comes with my version of Slackware.

I used to waste my time doing kernel-hopping, but this time is long past ;)

GazL 04-28-2013 10:03 AM

I'd be more comfortable staying back level if the kernel devs did a better job of announcing security issues, but given their tendency to silently fix security issues without telling people I tend to follow the latest stable branch from kernel.org. I'll usually hold off on a new branch until .1 or .2 though as the .1 and .2 changelogs always give me the feeling that the new mainline kernel releases could have really done with an extra RC or two.

I'm starting to question the value of LTS kernels though - I'm no longer sure they really buy you anything.

JWJones 04-28-2013 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Didier Spaier (Post 4940510)
...kernel-hopping

Haha, kernel-hopping. What Slackware users do because they've already found the best distro?

sycamorex 04-28-2013 10:29 AM

I used to compile my kernels... not anymore.

H_TeXMeX_H 04-28-2013 11:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GazL (Post 4940524)
I'd be more comfortable staying back level if the kernel devs did a better job of announcing security issues, but given their tendency to silently fix security issues without telling people I tend to follow the latest stable branch from kernel.org. I'll usually hold off on a new branch until .1 or .2 though as the .1 and .2 changelogs always give me the feeling that the new mainline kernel releases could have really done with an extra RC or two.

I'm starting to question the value of LTS kernels though - I'm no longer sure they really buy you anything.

I agree, I do the same, except I follow the LTS kernels. I am hoping that they will be more stable than the latest stable.

mlangdn 04-28-2013 12:10 PM

I generally use the one that is in -current. However, I always compile a custom kernel about every month or so. Mainly just to do it for practice. One never knows when that skill may come in handy.

astrogeek 04-28-2013 12:17 PM

I mostly use the generic + initrd that comes with my version, but on the odd accassion when I have upgraded the kernel it has been to get a new device driver or due to a major security fix.


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