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View Poll Results: What kernel version are you using ?
Kernel version 2.4.x and sticking to it 6 7.23%
Kernel version 2.6.x and sticking to it 59 71.08%
Kernel version 2.4.x but thinking to upgrade to 2.6.x 15 18.07%
Kernel version 2.6.x but thinking to downgrade back to 2.4.x 3 3.61%
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Old 07-17-2006, 08:48 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: Slackware 10.2
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What kernel version ?

Just courious what kernel most people use and what will the future kernel version they plan to upgrade to.

Oh, and please post your reason for your choice.

Last edited by sl4ckw4re; 07-17-2006 at 08:51 AM.
Old 07-17-2006, 09:04 AM   #2
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Registered: Mar 2005
Location: United States
Distribution: ArchLinux, Core, FreeBSD
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Rep: Reputation: Disabled the procrastinator sense.

I chose the installed 2.4 but upgrading just because it's still a fresh install and I haven't had time to upgrade yet. It's on the TODO list though :-).
Old 07-17-2006, 10:27 AM   #3
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Aguascalientes, AGS. Mexico.
Distribution: Slackware 13.0 kernel
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I'm in the 2.6 series and there's no turnback
Old 07-17-2006, 10:43 AM   #4
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now i've a kernel version principaly to use automount with freerock gnome. On the other hand i've used a 2.4.* during a lot of time and it worked very well. I find it boots a little quicker that the 2.6.

If you want to install the nvidia drivers with a 2.4.* kernel you must add this command : ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-8762 --force-tls=classic
Old 07-17-2006, 11:17 AM   #5
Registered: Apr 2006
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The new features are all being made for the 2.6 kernel line. I think ext2cow is the only reason I would consider using a 2.4 kernel right now -- and that isn't enough of a reason

Seriously, udev support, fewer compile/install commands, grsec for servers, union/squashfs (I release a live-cd), etc. I like the 2.6 kernel series.
Old 07-17-2006, 12:08 PM   #6
Registered: Jun 2006
Distribution: Slackware 10.2, Debian Testing/Unstable, Ubuntu Breezy Badger, working on LFS
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I use because I am a bleeding edge type of guy!
Old 07-17-2006, 02:46 PM   #7
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I'm using 2.4 because it came with 10.2 and I haven't really been bothered to compile a new kernel (and also because I can't use my machines at the moment ). When Slack 11 is released, I will use the 2.6 that comes with it.. or just compile 2.6.17.x.
Old 07-17-2006, 02:49 PM   #8
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Distribution: Slack -- current
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Using 2.6.x for sometime now and sticking with it, plus patch it with the -ck patchset
Old 07-17-2006, 03:39 PM   #9
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: UK, Europe
Distribution: Slackware64
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On my PC I use 2.6 because I can (Plus customised udev rules are pretty useful for various devices).

On my laptop, since it's a more recent one (Acer Aspire 5021WLMi), I need to use 2.6 since there are an awful lot of changes/ fixes needed that went into 2.6 recently (ACPI updates, chipset fixes, etc)

Last edited by cathectic; 07-17-2006 at 03:41 PM.
Old 07-17-2006, 03:40 PM   #10
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: Guadalajara, Jal, Mexico
Distribution: Slackware Linux
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I'm using both of them, for different systems. for desktops
and 2.4.32/2.4.33-rc2 for servers
Old 07-17-2006, 03:51 PM   #11
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: ~
Distribution: Slackware -current, OpenBSD
Posts: 451

Rep: Reputation: 42 because i like to break things and experiment, i can always boot my previous kernel anytime

(edit: darn.. i made a mistake, it's Kernel 2.6.x and thinking of upgrading, of course)

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Old 07-17-2006, 09:29 PM   #12
Registered: Jul 2001
Distribution: Slackware 12
Posts: 511

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2.4 for me. It supports all my hardware just fine so I have no reason to upgrade. Besides, I have heard that 2.6 is pretty buggy in comparison. When 2.6 is Slackware's default/only kernel, I will switch.
Old 07-17-2006, 10:31 PM   #13
Registered: Feb 2006
Distribution: Slackware 10.2, (, FC 5
Posts: 109

Rep: Reputation: 15 and will likely compile a more recent soon.
Old 07-17-2006, 10:54 PM   #14
Registered: Dec 2004
Distribution: Slackware-current
Posts: 207

Rep: Reputation: 30
Using 2.6.17 kernel and also the 2.6 headers (testing) package...

I just also like to be on top, have the most recent stuff, etc.
Old 07-17-2006, 11:18 PM   #15
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Rhode Island, USA
Distribution: Slackware, Xubuntu
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I use 2.6 kernels for two main reasons... I've never had any problems with them and they're the only kernels I know! I've only been using linux for almost a year so I have no experience with 2.4. Everything I've done in linux has been with a 2.6 and all my hardware runs fine for me. I'm also quite used to compiling 2.6 kernels since I've switched to slack. When slack 11 comes out and the 2.6 kernel is official, I'll be using that exclusively.

I also compile my own kernels "just for fun" usually after about 4 or 6 increments of the y version (as in 2.6.x.y), or when a new x version comes out. If anything it keeps my kernel skills up to date and I don't have to worry so much about security. I'm currently running and I'll probably do another one this weekend regardless of what version it is.


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