Linux kernel 2.4.28 was released this morning. Click here to download the new kernel (patch), or here to see the changelog.
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My notebook is not supported by 2.6.x kernels. With 2.4.x it works perfectly. Why do they want to stop developing 2.4.x kernel ;(?
If your notebook works perfectly with 2.4.28, what’s the matter? Why would you need, say, 2.4.35?
Don’t fix if it aint broken!
If someone finds security problems in 2.4.x, it will be updated for certain. Otherwise you would not need new 2.4.x releases, would you?
where did you find anybody telling you this was the last release?.
Good question. I didn’t hear of anything like that. I have some old Pentium III servers running 2.4X that won’t be ready to go to Kernel 2.6 for another year tops. I still have some old desktops running 2.4 that will be upgraded.
I am very interested in dualbooting one of the machines i have at home…and was thus curious about the difference between the 2.4 adn the 2.6 series of kernels. If anyone could englighten me that would be great.
A very good question.
IMHO. The 2.6.x has more features than the 2.4.x
kernels and supports newer hardware and is very
stable. I think if you are trying a Distro go for
one that uses 2.6.x.
I found after switch to 2.6.x that the boot time was
faster and KDE and GNOME seemed to be more responsive
and loaded drivers for all my hardware with out a hich.
On the down note 2.6.x, to some, is considerd new for testing still untill it gets to something like 2.6.20
which is a fare point if you are using it on an
Someone here will be able to give you a better explanation
if you would like any specific questions answered feel free to ask
If you are dual booting on a desktop, get a distro with 2.6. It’s way better from the normal user experience. Fedora Core 2 or 3 or Ubuntu Linux are excellent choices for the newbie.
It’s the stable branch, yes it’s still the truly stable branch as there is no 2.7, so 2.6 is considered devel sorta.
So new releases of it will be few and far between, and they’ll probably usually involve security fixes.
Stick with 2.4, your current kernel will work the same tomorrow as it does today.
I’m looking for a kernel rpm > 2.4.27 for RedHat 7.3 and 9 servers.
I wouldn’t put 2.6 on a server… not yet anyhow. Hooray for 2.4! I still find 2.4 to be faster than 2.6 as well in desktop use, but I havn’t timed anything…
“Very stable” is subjective. While I exclusively use 2.6.x on my desktop, my laptop and my personal server, I wouldn’t say it’s very stable. The recent versions broke more things than it fixed on my computer. I won’t go back to 2.4 but it’s good to see that it’s still maintened as most people will probably happier with that one.