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dun4d 02-11-2007 07:06 AM

Why is there 2.4 and 2.6?
 
Hi,
Why is it that the kernal is split into 2.4 and 2.6 devlopment. Surley 2.6 would be used fully owing to it being the most up to date?
Thanks

wahming 02-11-2007 07:18 AM

Sometimes, businesses don't want the latest cutting edge tech. They want stability, they want to know that the machine will run as it's supposed to. That's not possible with new software - there are bound to be bugs. And some integral proprietary software require specific OS versions to run.

piscikeeper 02-11-2007 03:04 PM

...and support for older hardware is being dropped out of the 2.6 series.
2.4 kernels (as in the default slackware install) run on older machines without needing to recompile and build modules.

sumguy231 02-11-2007 05:18 PM

...That's also why DamnSmall Linux uses 2.4, for older hardware support and a smaller memory footprint.


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