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Old 03-11-2004, 07:20 AM   #1
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Which kernel source?


which kernel source would be better to use, the full source from or the kernel package included with Slackware-current?
Old 03-11-2004, 07:41 AM   #2
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Well i would go for the latest from as all the other ones have security issues.
Old 03-11-2004, 07:52 AM   #3
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No, I disagree.

First of all, what are you trying to do? Upgrade your kernel or compile closed-source drivers against your current kernel?

If you're trying to upgrade your kernel, then you can go either way. If you're trying to compile something against your current kernel, then I would strongly suggest that the kernel-source provided by the distro is a better way to go, because then you know it's exactly the source of your actual running kernel, with the same compiler, the same tweaks/settings optimized for slack (insofar as Slackware optimizes anything for you ahead of time ), etc, and all you have to do is install it and you can proceed with compiling the drivers, without having to recompile the kernel and reboot to it, etc.

I'd be interested to know what "security issues" the 2.6.3 kernel-source in slackware-current would have that the 2.6.3 kernel-source on kernel-org would not. They're the same kernel, just that the one is slackpacked, and has a slack-optimized config, afaik.
Old 03-11-2004, 08:22 AM   #4
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I'm upgrading to the 2.4.25 kernel.
Old 03-11-2004, 09:46 AM   #5
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The main difference between getting the source from and getting it in the form of a Slackware package from a Slackware mirror, is that the latter is easier to handle. Just installpkg and it will be placed in /usr/src/linux-version, and a symlink will created as well. You'll have to do that by yourself if you get the source from, so it's a matter of convenience. It's easier and faster to get the Slackware package.

Another thing is that, as far as I know, if there are crucial patches (i.e., file system patches), Pat usually applies these to the kernel source packages he makes available. This ought to make these a possibly safer bet than going pure vanilla.

Other than that, as motub said, it's exactly the same source.

edit: typo ("&"#

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Old 03-11-2004, 09:53 AM   #6
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pure vanilla, must remember that one!! Thanks for the info. I think I'll give the slack-kernel source a bash.


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