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Old 03-28-2004, 07:17 PM   #1
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Question Is it worthwile to upgrade kernel to 2.6.x ??

After browsing the net and basically this forum, i ask myself if it's worthwile to upgrade the kernel to the 2.6 series.

I tryed already to do this, with a lot of warning on boot-time, specially with the modules. There's people who has no problems at all with the new kernel, and people that have a lot of

1.- What's your advice?
2.- Which are the potencial benefits of doing it (i say potencial cause of problems that seems to have to several people)
3.- Which are the drawbacks? (if any)
4.- Is there any special procedure to upgrade? If so, which?
5.- Is the new kernel stable enough?

Thanks to all for your opinion

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Old 03-28-2004, 07:41 PM   #2
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i am using kernel 2.6.3 , i upgraded to it bec. of the increase in speed and just to learn something new but i did it using the "Debian way" the distro that i am using is debian compatible
Old 03-28-2004, 08:41 PM   #3
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I just upgraded to 2.6.4 and quite a few (essential) things arent working. Among these are my usb drive won't mount and my sound no longer works (network didnt work either but I managed to fix that).

However, suse has a version 9.1 coming out early may which will be running the new kernel so unless you really can't wait I suggest waiting for that.
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I am using 2.6.3 and on second attempt I succeed to install it and working however my sound still not working however this is not big task soon i will figure it out.

why i upgrade simple it is new and fast and I want to learn more and more about Linux kernels.
go for upgrade
Old 03-29-2004, 05:16 AM   #5
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Yes go for the upgrade. The speed increase is noticable. Its really amazing. I've noticed many people have had issues with sound. In the 2.6 kernel alsa is built right in and I myself had to recompile a few times to get it right. Its just a matter of tinkering around with it really.

Also something I noticed from the threads here is the issues people are having with cd burners. In the 2.6 kernel tree scsi emulation is not necessary for cd burners.


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