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- Feb 2005
- Ft. Lewis
New slack, is it worth the upgrade?
Also, what actuall functionality do you get out of kernel 2.6.X over 2.4.X? And how do you select that one on install instead of 2.4.X(all the kernel's were named, not with version numbers when I installed 10.0. Do I need to download the source disks to get that version of the kernel and select it on install?
I don't know what Slack supports out of the box, only used it once or twice, really liked it.
The advantages of 2.6.x over 2.4.x is that 2.6.x development is still going strong. I know that they are still posting new 2.4 tarballs over at kernel.org, but 2.6 is the latest release kernel series, and it has support for the most number of devices, etc. The 2.6.x also has an improved way of compiling/installing the kernel. For example, on a 2.4 kernel, you need to do the following (if you aren't gonna configure grub/lilo manually that is):
make make dep make bzImage make install make modules make modules_install cp System.map /boot/System.map-2.4.x.x etc.
make && make install make modules && make modules_install
In addition, the new Slack provides newer verisons of some major desktop enviroments, namely kde3.3 and xfce4.2. In general, an update is always a good idea to keep yourself on the cutting edge of security and device support.