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Old 03-23-2006, 07:08 PM   #1
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Kernel 2.6 distro?

As some of you may have noticed, I've been planning on getting my 250GB SATA drive in - well its here. I've gone through and gotten WinXP installed on it first, but don't know where to go from here. I need kernel 2.6 I'm told in order to have SATA recognition. How do I know which ones support it? Will my Ubuntu (Breezy I think) be v2.6? I don't want to go through downloading ISO's only to find I've got the outdated stuff that won't run properly. Any help, insight, and links would be appreciated.

Btw, I'm really wanting to run Ubuntu and Debian. I'm saying goodbye to PCLOS - I need to LEARN linux. Anybody put in a good word on any others? I need to learnt his damn ndiswrapper.
Old 03-23-2006, 07:16 PM   #2
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Most modern distros have a 2.6 kernel, a quick browse of their website should tell you.

Debian's default kernel is a 2.4 but you can specify 2.6 at install, or even use apt-get to add it afterwards
Old 03-23-2006, 07:19 PM   #3
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i highly suggest you check out list of distro's on, select a distro from the list on the right. scroll down and it will include a list of popular packages, and will tell you what version of that package is included in which version of that distro (or if its not even included).
if you want a v2.6 series kernel then look for a version 2.6.* for the version of 'linux' in the package list. heres the link to the ubuntu page

if you want to 'learn' linux as you mentioned (ie do configuration and administration more manually yourself) then i suggest slackware or gentoo. i really like slackware.. iv tried to install gentoo once but wasnt able to figure it out! oh well im quite happy with slackware. dont take my word.. pick any distro that you think looks most appealing or appropriate for your needs!
Old 03-23-2006, 07:21 PM   #4
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yeah any distro should do. The only one major distro i can think of that doesnt use 2.6 or can easily add 2.6 during install is DSL which is used more as a livecd or for slower computers. at this point you can just go ahead and download the isos and you just do the same thing you did for windows. You will have to work out some partitioning scheme though unless you did that already with the windows install. If you havent you will have to resize windows inorder to make room for linux
Old 03-23-2006, 07:21 PM   #5
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If you get Debian Testing (which you should), it now comes with kernel 2.6.15

Why Debian ... A Sales Pitch
Old 03-23-2006, 10:01 PM   #6
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I need to download Debian.I have a few questions though, not related to this particular question, I just don't want to bother making new threads for easy questions.

1. My biggest problem is my needing to get wireless access for myself. Well, I have a USB wireless NIC (WUSB54G is the device), and it doesn't seem to ever want to work with ndiswrapper, at least it didn't want to work with Ubuntu when I had it installed. Would this then plug into my ethernet and allow my ethernet which is recognized easily (realtek onboard, c'mon everybody's computer has it) to operate via the wired setup as far as the distro is concerned?

2. My keyboard acts weird to me. When I am in the bios and doing the start up jockeying, my keyboard likes to stop responding. Won't light up, or anything. Works fine in the startup screen checking ram and works fine getting me into the bios menu and boot options, but after selecting boot options when I boot either a specific hard disk or try ot boot cd, sometimes it will just go dead, and I'll have to reset and try again and after a couple tries I'll bave keyboard access. Any thoughts? It's my oldschool HP keyboard from back when I thought my 700Mhz Celeron and 192MB of SDRAM were cool.

I'm gonna download Sarge tonight hopefully and get it burned. I'm not gonna deal with anymore of it till tomorrow though. Any other recommendations on distro's? My friend is REALLY pushing Debian, but I'd be up for trying another as well.
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I think there are plenty of threads for different distro's. Personally, I learned a LOT from installing and configuring Gentoo. It was not too difficult because of their documentation.
Portage is also quite fun. Rather slow, but very powerful.


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