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Old 08-14-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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What aspects of the kernel is most important to you?


What aspects of the kernel is most important to you? The stability, the security features or bleeding edge eg. more hardware support or other specialty feature(s).

I personally opt for all the above, but my most favorite aspect of the kernel is to have more hardware support that way devices that didn't work before could work today or tomorrow.

Old 08-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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greetings all,

I notice nobody is posting here possibly because I had the mod close a thread I did awhile back.

I am a newbie here and made a newbie mistake to close it. It won't happen again.

Have a great day everybody

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The parts that keep my os working as expected.
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Well I would say that the development of drivers for new hardware whist keeping the support for older hardware is a good feeature.

As for the general design I would say its modularity and ease of building.
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The free and open source code aspect, along with all the frequent updates.
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Sure ... modularity. The fact that you can have as little or as much as you need. Maybe you're building Linux for a supercomputer to do #classified# stuff ... and maybe you're building it to run a dishwasher, or "literally millions of portable phones, all slightly different." You can build a highly-customized version of Linux, compiling both the kernel and every other software component from source-code, cross-compiled if necessary to any one of more than thirty different supported hardware platforms. Then, having done all that, there is nothing about any part of it that is "concealed from your troubleshooting view."

This is the unique business advantage of what I prefer to call, collaborative development. Hundreds of millions of lines of source-code, written by some of the world's best minds and worth billions of dollars if you could have produced it by any other means (and you could not ...), are right there for your project. All that you are obliged to do is to "take and give back."

It's a simple fact that we could not have any of the electronic goodies that we so rely-on today without the collaborative business model, and the legally-proved open source licenses that protect it. We were all faced with a technical hurdle that could never have been overcome until we, selectively and appropriately, let-go of the word, "proprietary."
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good remarks. Thanks to all
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Stability and security are the most important, and are rather hard to find in today's kernels, unfortunately. So far 3.4.x has worked great, and I will continue using it for as long as I can. It is likely I will have to move to 3.10.x when the next Slackware comes out.
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I'm with Ozar on the free and open one.
Reason: long time ago I had trouble getting a network card working. After some internet searching, it turned out I needed to compile the driver with a specific option enabled. I did and afterwards the card worked without any problem. Try to do that with proprietary software.

Of course that it is stable, secure and does what I need are some nice extras.

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I/O, of course.
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For myself -

I think documentation and working examples on how to monkey around with things like skbuf are key. Unfortunately, noone really writes articles on things like this anymore and you should just look at the code .

However, for me, things like network optimization, memory usage and the ability to be ran on many different platforms is largely important to me. Same with compatibility as I often have a multitude of hardware options kicking around that never saw wide-spread adoption by the consumer market.
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I like that it works, but its also fun to recursively grep the source for profanity


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