Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 06:14 UTC, submitted by Witold Wasilewski
Slackware, Slax Slackware 11.0 contains the 2.4.33.3 Linux kernel (default), 2.6.17.13 in /extra and 2.6.18 in the /testing directory. This Slackware version is by far the most cutting edge ever released, it includes KDE version 3.5.4 (including the Amarok media player), XFCE 4.2.3.2, the latest versions of Firefox and Thunderbird, plus SeaMonkey 1.0.5 (replacing the Mozilla suite). It also includes glibc-2.3.6, gcc-3.4.6, X11R6.9.0 from X.Org, and more.
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RE: 2.6 kernel
by pxa270 on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 07:18 UTC in reply to "2.6 kernel"
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2006-01-08

The 2.6 series is a lot less stable (not so much in the sense of crashing, but in the sense of new features and changes that break other stuff) than the 2.4 series. This was done by Linus on purpose. In the old days, the uneven series were for experimental features and changes, but they got a lot less testing as result. A while back, the kernel devs basically said they would use the 2.6 series for testing new stuff, rather than 2.7.x, and leave compatibility testing and patching to make other stuff work to the distro vendors.

Now this is fine for the likes of SUSE, Debian, Fedora, etc, but Slackware has far less developers than all other major distros. It's basically just Patrick and a number of prolific bug reporters, and the long standing policy has been to leave sources as much as possible unpatched from upstream. That's why it's still on the proven 2.4 by default. Still, Slackware 11.0 is probably the last 2.4 release, as more new packages (and new hardware) will require 2.6, most notably the latest gcc/glibc.

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RE[2]: 2.6 kernel
by twenex on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 10:51 in reply to "RE: 2.6 kernel"
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2006-04-21

Thanks for that info; for years I've been happily chugging along with 2.6, not understanding why anyone would complain about how "unstable" it is.

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