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Old 06-14-2005, 09:24 AM   #1
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Kernal 2.6


I've got the latest version of debian (3.1r0a I think) and have the option of installing it either as regular (2.4 kernal) or with the 2.6 kernal.

Is it worth installing it with the 2.6 kernal rather than going for the regual installation and what advantages would I have in installing the 2.6 version?


Old 06-14-2005, 09:51 AM   #2
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dont trust me on this, but I would use the newest kernel, then if it doesn't work, try the older one. Also, is that the newest version for your distro?
Old 06-14-2005, 09:51 AM   #3
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The 2.6 kernel is newer and it's more likely you'll get more of the newer hardware recognized than a 2.4 one.
But it's ok to install with the 2.4 kernel and then apt-get the latest version from Debian.

Oh, and BTW, it's spelled k-e-r-n-e-l, not kernal.
Old 06-14-2005, 10:23 AM   #4
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Nice one. Thanks
Old 06-14-2005, 04:09 PM   #5
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2.6 kernel is ALOT faster than the old one due to better scheduling and better memory management
Old 06-15-2005, 12:32 AM   #6
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i think 2.6 is better since it will let u mount ntfs easily.
2.4 moght require some extra modules
Old 06-15-2005, 12:50 AM   #7
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I found it interesting that the Sarge install option for kernel 2.6x didn't seem to have support for my Perc4 RAID controller where the 2.4x version did. So I'm with the guy who mentioned something like, if it works, use it


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