Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 09:39 UTC
Slackware, Slax Patrick Volkerding, Slackware's maintainer, announced that Slackware 10.2 is going into beta: "I think it's time to consider this to be mostly frozen and concentrate on beta testing in preparation for the Slackware 10.2 release, so there won't be too many more upgrades and additions."
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rapont
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2005-07-06

Yeah thats true - but I have to say, despite being a slacker, i've never compiled my own kernel. Slackware as it is already requires some TLC to get it to meet my requirements following install.

To be honest, I don't have the time to learn how to compile the kernel properly. I did try once, but there are so many different howto's on the topic it's unbelievable. If I did have the time, I would like to do it though - especially for my laptop.

But Slackware is a great distro - very powerful, fast and secure, and I can't wait for 10.2 ;)

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You don't need to compile the 2.6 kernel on your own if you don't want to, the included 2.6 kernel in /extra is good and not difficult too install.

I agree with Patrick that the 2.4.31 kernel should be the default, since the 2.6 series are still not thoroughly tested and have given me unpleasant surprises. Apart from ACPI and udev support, the 2.4 series still perform well and are rock solid. It would be nice if you could choose for a 2.6 kernel in the installer, though.

What me saddens more is the removal of gnome. I can see why patrick doesn't want to do the effort of building gnome on his own, but I don't understand why he doesn't include freerock gnome (built using GSB) or something. Dropline is out of the question because it replaces too much slackware packages, but freerock seems OK to me.

Apart from that, slack 10.2 is looking nice.

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The 2.6 series kernels are "not thoroughly tested"? Did you just wake up from a hibernation?

As for Gnome, why would PV include Freerock when a user can just download the ISO and install it themselves? I use FRG and love it.

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2005-08-03

I recently compiled the latest 2.4.x kernel on my Slackware 10.1 server. I found it a lot easier than it looked. You can see how I did it step-by-step here (it should apply to the 2.6.x series as well):

http://outerheaven.c-reality.com/archives/4-Compiling-the-2.4.31-Li...

It's worth the learning experience! ;)

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