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why havnt i ever seen anything with the kernel 2.5.xx i have seen stuff for 2.4.x and 2.6.x hmmmm...
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    Kernal 2.5?


    why havnt i ever seen anything with the kernel 2.5.xx
    i have seen stuff for 2.4.x
    and 2.6.x
    hmmmm

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    Because 2.5 was an unstable test version. Linux kernels are numbered such that even numbered middle octets indicate that the release is stable, and odd indicate unstable.

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    oyeah, i was told when i was a noob, by ma mate joe, sorry

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    is it possible to have an unstable even number for example if 2.6-10 had an unknown glitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper8896
    is it possible to have an unstable even number for example if 2.6-10 had an unknown glitch.
    Yes, but the 2.6 kernel is much less buggy than the 2.5 kernel, which just realy existed so that they could find bugs.
    2.6 kernel is there to be used on the other hand, and it might have a few bugs, but much less than 2.6 range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper8896
    is it possible to have an unstable even number for example if 2.6-10 had an unknown glitch.
    The odd-numbered ones are called unstable only because they haven't been tested enough for the developers to agree that they are stable. If you find a bug in a stable version, it may be unstable in your system, but it won't be an unstable version. While all of Linux is used at your own risk, "unstable" code carries just a little more risk at least in theory, but many people still use it for advanced functionality, new features, or maybe just for the thrill.
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    Speaking of, 2.6.10 is almost "stable".

    http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news...le.php/3485401
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    All large code-base projects are going to have some bugs, it's how many that's important. Development (test/unstable) versions are there to work out the majority of them.
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