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Re: [SLE] SuSE 9.1? (With a 2.6 kernel?)
On Mon, 2004-03-01 at 21:13, Steven T. Hatton wrote:

> After my very bad experience I just had backing out of an aborted 2.6 upgrade,
> I have to say, sometimes waiting is not all that bad. Having the latest
> release ensures you have most of the latest functionality, and /all/ of the
> latest bugs. It really depends on what you want out of Linux. I've decided
> compiling my own kernel is a bit too risky for the gain. I've been pretty
> slow at trying the 2.6 from the kernelmeister. And I think it won't be until
> it's on a CD that I try again.

I found that going to a 2.6 kernel (2.6.0-test7 was my first one) was a
fair bit of work and did require booting old 2.4 kernel (home-cooked as
well) a good few times to get the initrd sorted for the 2.6 kernel. Once
that was working, 2.6 all the way up to 2.6.3 has been working fine.
2.6.0 and 2.6.1 required PreEmpt to be switched off, but since 2.6.2-rc2
something, that has been working well.

Compiling own kernel is not as hard as people make out but I will freely
admit that it isn't a walk in the park sometimes. Usually, it works
first time though. Bleeding edge people do try the -rc kernels, or -mm
or -ck or any of the plethora of additional patch sets there are, as
they might have fixes for their specific hardware or a bug they have
hit. Win some and lose some. :-)

I have in general been okay with -rc and -pre kernels, as well as -ac
and -aa patches. Only time I have ended up in a pickle was using
BitKeeper to pull down the kernel tree, clone it and add linux-sound and
2.6-acpi patches from the respective experimental trees. That bit me,
but not badly.

Happy Hacking Dudes,

Anders Karlsson <anders@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Trudheim Technology Limited
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