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View Poll Results: When do you update/upgrade the kernel ?
I use one that comes with my version of Slackware 108 60.34%
I use a stable LTS branch 19 10.61%
I use the most recent stable branch 44 24.58%
I use the mainline kernel (RCs and development) 14 7.82%
I update/upgrade for features or device support 42 23.46%
I update/upgrade for security fixes 43 24.02%
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:25 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by sycamorex View Post
I used to compile my kernels... not anymore.
Some of us have systems than randomly seize up without specially patched kernels. So why not keep rolling on forwards? That and using the Zen kernel means I'm constantly upgrading to the new release, 3.8.10-zen+ currently.
Old 04-28-2013, 03:01 PM   #17
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I've compiled a new kernel on a few occasions, really for no reason other than to find out how and learn a bit about the kernel. Really though Pat's kernels are more than fine for my fairly old machine (3 years+), but, that said, I may well switch to 3.9.x from 3.8.6 (on 14.0) when that comes out.
Old 04-28-2013, 03:02 PM   #18
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I always stick with the -current kernel unless there is a good reason to run a different one
Old 04-28-2013, 05:57 PM   #19
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I've got a server running in my living room running 14.0 which will be keeping the default kernel until the hard drive gives out..

However on my day to day laptop I tend to get the itch now and then and compile a new kernel.. There are a bunch of bug fixes and such between 3.2.29 and 3.2.44, which I figured would be good to get.. However when I tried to run a later 3.2.x series kernel I was getting hard lock ups, so I've jumped to 3.4.37, which is running great.
Old 04-29-2013, 02:52 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by ozar View Post
I generally stick with the default kernel unless there is a good reason to upgrade.
me too.
Old 04-29-2013, 05:06 AM   #21
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I try to stay with the stock kernel but I just saw that 3.9 has been released so here we go again....
Old 04-29-2013, 06:20 AM   #22
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I use the default generic kernel plus initrd. I've only tampered with the kernel once: before Slack64 came out, I enabled HIGHMEM64 (or whatever) to get the full benefit of my RAM.
Old 04-29-2013, 06:35 AM   #23
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Usually I use the kernel that comes with Slackware. For my experiments I use the latest stable kernel.
Old 04-29-2013, 08:42 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by eyeofliberty View Post
Haha, kernel-hopping. What Slackware users do because they're already found the best distro?
Epic, dude! That one's worth putting as my signature
Old 04-29-2013, 08:53 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by mattallmill View Post
Epic, dude! That one's worth putting as my signature
Thanks! And I just noticed, and fixed, my spelling error. D'oh!
Old 04-29-2013, 08:58 AM   #26
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I try to keep with the latest stable kernel, but don't upgrade every time there's an update because compiling the kernel is very time consuming on my hardware. I tend to just download the full kernel source - because patching has never gone well for me...
Old 04-29-2013, 10:38 AM   #27
Registered: Jun 2002
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The kernel developers being the experts, I upgrade as soon as they release to STABLE.
Old 04-29-2013, 10:39 AM   #28
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Can't go past 3.4

Anything past 3.4.x breaks my video (ATI Radeon X2300)
Something to do with how it detects the monitor in KMS, if I replace the code for the radeon-kms from 3.4 kernel it works.
Old 04-29-2013, 10:44 AM   #29
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3.2.29-huge-smp has been working almost perfectly on my laptop thus far, so I haven't needed Kernel fiddling. Though I compiled 3.4.8 on my test install and it worked great but with udevd hiccups, may be my fault.
Stable-kernel for me any day.

Old 04-29-2013, 11:06 AM   #30
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I usually stick with what is shipped with slackware. I'll use other kernels to fix driver problems which of late have involved ati/nvidia video cards problems.


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