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sparc86 01-21-2007 11:20 AM

Kernel 2.6.x in a very old box?
I would like to ask you all about compiling a very updated kernel in a "not-so-new" box.

Well, the thing is: I have an old box running an AMD K6-II 333mhz with 128mb RAM. it's pretty old, actually I use it just for tests, running all kind of applications, but ALWAYS without X!

So, anyone see any problem about running a very updated kernel in an old box like that? I might ask you this because I heard about a lack of performance while running too updated kernels in old machines, there's any truth on this?

Thanks in advance!

Brian1 01-21-2007 11:46 AM

What is the current kernel on the system?
What is the current distro as well?
There are many changes from 2.6 to previous kernel trees like 2.4, 2.2, 2.0. It all depends what is running on the system.


jlinkels 01-21-2007 09:39 PM

I have been running a 2.6.12 kernel in a Gateway PI-200 box with 128 MB. No problem. I think kernels are perfectly downwards compatible.

However, if you need to compile a kernel, you'd better do that on a fast box and transfer it to your ancient box. If you happen to run Debian, that is real easy.


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