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Linux Kernel 2.6.7 Released

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the dist-upgrade dept.

Linux 303

conrausch writes "German Heise News reports among others that the new Linux Kernel 2.6.7 was just released, and that it fixes the previously mentioned bug in the floating point exception handling. Whether or not you offer shell access to other people, get it now from kernel.org or one of the mirrors."

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So what ? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440635)

really, I mean : who cares about this minor release ? Do we have time for this ?
I'd rather read about Michael Moore's latest movie : that *is* news.

Hopefully (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440638)

nForce2 chipsets aren't an arse with it now.

(This is a damn early post for me).

w00t (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440640)

frosty pist

Re:w00t (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440719)

YOU FAIL IT!

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440641)

linux is teh suck

Well I'll be... (-1, Redundant)

AcIdR3IgN (627012) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440646)

saw this on linux.box.sk ... am not running the 2.6 kernel yet!

Re:Well I'll be... (3, Informative)

sucker_muts (776572) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440697)

Doesn't matter, all kernels are affected. (2.4+ anyway)

NVidia? (2, Interesting)

xhorder (232326) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440651)

Does the NVidia driver work with it?

Re:NVidia? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440704)

why wouldnt it ?

(but to answer your question, its working fine on my box)

Woohoo, another kernel compile. (1, Funny)

Gabrill (556503) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440652)

On your mark! Get set! Make!

Re:Woohoo, another kernel compile. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440717)

done

In soviet russia .. (-1, Redundant)

execom (598566) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440782)

Linux kernels recompiles YOU !

Re:Woohoo, another kernel compile. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440873)

wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/patch- 2.6.7.bz2
cp patch-2.6.7.bz2 /usr/src
cd /usr/src
mv linux-2.6.6 linux-2.6.7
bunzip2 patch-2.6.7.bz2
cd linux-2.6.7
cp .config ../config.saved
make mrproper
cat ../patch-2.6.7.bz2 | patch -p1 #(or maybe -p0)
make mrproper
cp ../config.saved ./.config
make oldconfig
make && make clean modules modules_install install
vi /boot/grub/grub.config # check it make sure it's right
reboot

Not to difficult. Could make it into a script, to bad I'm going to loose my uptime to patch the kernel, but oh well. Shit happens.

Re:Woohoo, another kernel compile. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440897)

Oops. line cat ../patch-2.6.7.bz2 | patch -p1

should be

cat ../patch-2.6.7 | patch -p1

or something like that.

Re:Woohoo, another kernel compile. (5, Funny)

smoking2000 (611012) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440890)

Here they go into the first round: make oldconfig.

Some sort slowdowns here and there but they're coming into the second round none the less: make modules modules_install bzImage.

Their CPU's are running full speed and they're almost at the finish, the excitement!

There we have it folks, 2 rounds and the AMD XP's are doing great, followed by the Intel P4's.

Now comes the most feared part for all the contestants: mv System.map /boot && mv arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.7 && update-grub && reboot

The crowd is holding its breath while the contestants approach the finish line. Owww, 1 P4 crashed with a kernel panic just before the finishline, what a shame!
The Athlon XP's crossed the finishline and were awarded with a beautifull new kernel! The Intel P4's came in second place and got the beautifull new kernel anyway!

Tune in next week for more kernel sports, when we will visit the senior compile contest between a 486sx and a 486dx

what about 2.4? (5, Insightful)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440661)

When are we going to see 2.4.27 with this bugfix? not all of us can afford to, or are able to switch to 2.6

Re:what about 2.4? (1)

dema (103780) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440725)

I applied the patch noted in the bug report, and am now free of the problem.

Re:what about 2.4? (2, Interesting)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440815)

heh, I applied the patch, recompiled, rebooted into the new kenel, was definitely running a new kernel, and it still halted ... luckily I only give out shells on my ppc machine :D

Re:what about 2.4? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440734)

Out of curiosity, what would prevent someone from being able to switch to kernal 2.6?

Also, why do people always speak of 2.4.x and 2.6? What happened to 2.5?

Re:what about 2.4? (1, Informative)

Dogers (446369) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440776)

x.odd versions are the development versions inbetween. while 2.6 is current, towards the end of its life, Linus or whoeever will create a development 2.7 kernel. Once thats finalised, it'll be released as 2.8.x

Think of the odd versions as release candidates, if youre from a Windows world! :)

Re:what about 2.4? (1)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440785)

er... what? last time I checked, 4 was even.

Re:what about 2.4? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440844)

even is stable (we hope)

Re:what about 2.4? (1)

Dogers (446369) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440846)

he was asking about 2.5 kernel! :)

Re:what about 2.4? (1)

reub2000 (705806) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440783)

If it's working, and it's imporatant they don't want to switch for no reason. 2.5 was a devolopment kernel. All odd numbered versions are devolopment.

Re:what about 2.4? (2, Informative)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440832)

What happened to 2.5?

It became 2.6 and has been supplanted by 2.7.

That's the way things work around here, odd numbered point releases always being development models for the next stable release which is always even numbered.

There are a lot of good reasons for maintaining older stable releases. Maintaining obsolete development models would be a bit silly.

KFG

Re:what about 2.4? (5, Informative)

egreB (183751) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440833)

Out of curiosity, what would prevent someone from being able to switch to kernal 2.6?

The driver architecture in Linux kernel 2.6 changed somewhat from 2.4. Drivers will have to be patched or rewritten to work with 2.6. This is being worked on, but lots of unofficial patches to the kernel haven't caught up yet. My laptop, for instance, was unable to get X up at adequate resolutions with 2.6 (albeit this was around christmas - I might give it another shot with this release).

Then there's low-level userspace programs (stuff not running as a part of the kernel itself) that needs some change. Examples are the PCMCIA-suite.

Re:what about 2.4? (3, Informative)

andrej73 (779231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440748)

patch for i386 [bkbits.net]

Argh! Dilemma! (5, Funny)

troon (724114) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440662)

Do I demonstrate my machismo via my large and increasing 2.6.6 uptime, or do I impress the chicks by running the latest kernel release?

Help!

Re:Argh! Dilemma! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440728)

If you are a true Linux user, you will keep the uptime, regardless of any new kernel that comes out. Do not break culture!

Re:Argh! Dilemma! (1)

sucker_muts (776572) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440735)

By chicks, do you mean the children of tux and his (yet to be discovered) mystery girlfriend? I allways thought tux was up to something...

Re:Argh! Dilemma! (5, Funny)

TwistedSquare (650445) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440819)

Chicks like an experienced, mature man - switch back to 2.4 or even better 2.2 or 2.0.

Re:Argh! Dilemma! (5, Funny)

jcinnamond (463196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440821)

Real men chroot and do both.

Re:Argh! Dilemma! (3, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440876)

Just get a "Type R" sticker. Chicks dig it and it's the same thing as a kernel upgrade really.

KFG

Just curious (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440664)

Given that 2.6.x has been out for a while now, is anyone running the 2.6 series in a full blown production environment yet (say, database or web server)? If so, how does it compare to the 2.4 series?

Re:Just curious (1)

djhankb (254226) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440864)

I have implemented a Samba PDC Fileserver for one of my clients. It's very fast, and has been 100% stable. So far i've been quite impressed.

-Henry

Re:Just curious (1)

Spacejock (727523) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440883)

Yes.

Long answer: 1 web/file server which also runs a 20-user LTSP setup, and 2 web/file/print/email servers with 5 users each. None of them are really heavily used so it's hard to say what kind of difference it made going to 2.6, but I've not had any problems.

Re:Just curious (2, Informative)

bwindle2 (519558) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440899)

I run 2.6.6. on an SMP machine, ext3 on SCSI RAID5 that runs MySQL/Apache/MRTG/BigBrother. It has been completely stable.

bwindle@balrog:~$ uptime
09:06:48 up 36 days, 22:03, 2 users, load average: 1.00, 0.55, 0.43
bwindle@balrog:~$ uname -a
Linux balrog 2.6.6 #3 SMP Mon May 10 10:55:43 EDT 2004 i686 GNU/Linux

Now everyone... (4, Funny)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440667)

Is going to rush to download this because it fixes probably the most destructive kernel hole in a few years. And its on slashdot.

Re:Now everyone... (1)

alex_tibbles (754541) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440701)

it's not really destructive, it's only a DOS (local too).

Re:Now everyone... (2, Interesting)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440727)

Sure..."local" as in, "anyone who can install cgi scripts can do it."

Or any way a remote user can run arbitrary code (not even as root.).

Re:Now everyone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440739)

Hmm, I still think that the following bug is still in there:
echo -e "t&t&" > t
chmod 777 t
./t
and there you go... Well, doesn't crash the machine directly, but nearly ;)

ineiti

Re:Now everyone... (1)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440852)

System downtime costs business money, especially when its from some stupid prick who has a web access shell that is running the code.

Re:Now everyone... (1)

tunah (530328) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440866)

probably the most destructive kernel hole in a few years.

Just recently there were a bunch of mremap exploits allowing local root access. This is less severe (but still very bad).

Got it (5, Informative)

pcmanjon (735165) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440669)

I just compiled and installed it. It's not that bad.. or good... orr... how the hell should I know?

System doesn't seem to run much different, I haven't read the changelog

but for those of you who want to read the changelog it can be found HERE:

http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/Chan ge Log-2.6.7

Time for download then (2, Interesting)

Impie (46586) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440671)

And see if my Radeon 9800 Pro will work with my Nvidia Nforce2 chipset.

Anyone gotten Nvidia Nforce2 and Radeon 9800 Pro working with 3d Accel?

Re:Time for download then (1)

Dagny Taggert (785517) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440718)

that's my big complaint about 2.6: it still didn't address 3D issues with ATI Radeon cards. Is this an issue with ATI not releasing binaries to people like Suse? I'm just a casual GNU/Linux type, so I'm not sure.

Re:Time for download then (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440747)

What issues are there? Do you have a reference?

My ATI Radeon 9000 works fine under the DRI that comes with the kernel.

(And before someone says, "That's an old card; you should upgrade," I'll point out that it was a significant improvement over the Riva TNT2 I had until this past January.)

Re:Time for download then (1)

Impie (46586) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440887)

Well .. it seems I have problems with the DRI thingys when I try out ATI:s driver.

I am running Mandrake 10.0 official and Kernel 2.6.3-7 on this box.

I bought the card because it offered best price/perf at that time, now I begin to wonder if I should toss the card out and buy an Nvidia card instead. As it is now the only OS I can run with 3D accel is WinXP and I do not want that (at least not all of the time)

Re:Time for download then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440935)

The 9000 & 9800 are different chip revisions. There is a problem with AGPGART on nForce 2 boards with R350 Radeons.

Re:Time for download then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440834)

And see if my Radeon 9800 Pro will work with my Nvidia Nforce2 chipset.


Get a GeforceFX card. They work great on the Nforce2 chipset.

Re:Time for download then (1)

Pelops (454213) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440881)

Well, I am not exactly answering your question but, i managed to get my Radeon 9500 Pro to work with my Nvidia NForce 2 chipset with 3D Accel.
The 9500 Pro is very similar to the 9800 Pro.
I use Gentoo, a 2.6.6 kernel, Xorg-X11, and ATI-Drivers 3.9. I know a few people will disagree on using proprietary drivers but again, i have 3D accel working.
I am not using any of the Nvidia proprietary drivers to run my system and it is working perfectly well.

Err (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440672)

It's not on ftp.uk.kernel.org or ftp.fr.kernel.org?

Re:Err (1)

cs02rm0 (654673) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440709)

Just use kernel.org (it's definately there), it'll take a bit to work down through to the other mirrors I guess.

Starting to take a bit longer for a release... (1)

tejohnson (635085) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440678)

Wow, this one actually took over a month! There for a while there was a kernel being spit out about once a month.

Thank you, Torv^WSCO!!! (0, Offtopic)

Cronopios (313338) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440694)

I bet that pesty security hole was written by Darl himself ;D

Obligatory luser question (1, Interesting)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440700)

I've got Fedora Core 2.

yum update kernel*

should install 2.6.7 right?

I'd much prefer to use an auto installer, I'm not ready for the full shebang yet.

Enlighten me here.
How is a full compile of the kernel done and how long would it take on a 3GHz,756RAM computer?

Re:Obligatory luser question (1)

Sunspire (784352) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440761)

Sort of, it'll definitely fix the local DoS bug, but it won't give you 2.6.7 (yet). Red Hat patched the bug some days ago already.

You can keep up to date regarding regular updates and security errata at Fedoranews.org FC2 updates [fedoranews.org] page.

Re:Obligatory luser question (1)

Phekko (619272) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440780)

Ok, I'll bite

It won't take a lot of time, not with your system specs. We're talking about 30min tops. Depends a lot on what kind of modules etc you need to make.

If you've never done it, though, you may want to a) ask someone who knows this stuff for help or/and b) read a few docs on the subject. If you don't know what you're doing, you most probably will end up with something missing, stuff like soundcard support or something. A good place to start (in my biased opinion ofcourse) would be here for instance [gentoo.org] Some googling never hurts, either.

Re:Obligatory luser question (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440805)

I've just remembered to ask!!

Is this going to fix the Firewire issue?

Re:Obligatory luser question (2, Informative)

alexbartok (764756) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440845)

Making a Kernel isn't too hard. You find the correct image, (yep you probably want 2.6.7 ;), download the .tar.bz2 version. To keep this short, we'll stick it in /usr/src: 1) su - 2) cd /usr/src 3) wget http://full.url.to.file.including.filename 4) tar xjvf linux-...tar.bz2 5) ln -s ./linux-2.6.7 ./linux 6) cd linux-2.6.7 7) make menuconfig 8) configure options - read the help for information about options, if necessary google around, usually it's pretty easy to find information about specific options 9) make bzImage 10) make modules 11) cd arch/i386/boot/ 12) cp bzImage /boot/ 13) edit /etc/grub.conf with your favorite editor, basically adding the new image, using the existing one as template. reboot and enjoy :)

Re:Obligatory luser question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440863)

Extract the tarball, read the README. You'll probably want to do a make oldconfig and you'll probably want to look at Documentation/modules.txt. That's really all there is to it. Time taken on your machine will be of the order of minutes.

Re:Obligatory luser question (3, Informative)

Advocadus Diaboli (323784) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440867)

Fedora Core 2 has already a kernel update. See the announcement [redhat.com] of the 2.6.6-1.435 kernel. So all you need is getting the RPM and install it.

The question is, when will this patch show up on other distributions. People are sometimes not able to compile a vanilla kernel or a vanilla kernel can cause headache, e.g. SuSE 9.1 formats your filesystem with reiserfs and ACLs, but a vanilla kernel might not support this backported ACL feature.

Seen the kernel release from this point of view means, that the sistributions should hurry up to provide fixed kernel packages for their users.

Re:Obligatory luser question (1)

flex941 (521675) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440914)

Vanilla kernel supports ACLs for reiserfs and data=ordered and other nifty things starting from 2.6.6 (if I'm not mistaken).

Re:Obligatory luser question (1)

canadiangoose (606308) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440882)

I've got Fedora Core 2.

yum update kernel*

should install 2.6.7 right?


Why not try it and find out?

I'd much prefer to use an auto installer, I'm not ready for the full shebang yet.

Enlighten me here. How is a full compile of the kernel done and how long would it take on a 3GHz,756RAM computer?

Also, why not just try it? You have the machine in front of you, give it a whirl! That's what makes computers so much fun; you get to try out new stuff all the time.

Problems with JFS? (4, Interesting)

henley (29988) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440702)

Anyone else unable to compile with JFS enabled as module?

fs/jfs/jfs_dtree.c: In function `add_index':
fs/jfs/jfs_dtree.c:388: parse error before `struct'
fs/jfs/jfs_dtree.c:389: `temp_table' undeclared (first use in this function)
fs/jfs/jfs_dtree.c:389: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
fs/jfs/jfs_dtree.c:389: for each function it appears in.)
make[3]: *** [fs/jfs/jfs_dtree.o] Error 1
make[2]: *** [fs/jfs] Error

Google shows no hits, and it's not important enough for me to track any further at the minute (since disabling JFS is an adequate work-around for me).....

Re:Problems with JFS? (5, Informative)

flex941 (521675) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440838)

This e-mail [theaimsgroup.com] might help you out.

Beware the Toll (-1, Troll)

Mr.Dippy (613292) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440703)

I love how everybody who asks "Why is this important?" gets modded down as a troll. This just fuels the argument that Slashdot is full of elitist pricks. If MS announced that they were releasing an update to XP this whole site would be full of posts like "LOL OMG MS sucks". and all those comments would be modded as insightful or interesting. Please mod me down to troll. I know it's coming but frankly I don't give a damn

Re:Beware the Toll (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440742)

you must be new there ...

Re:Beware the Toll (0)

PoshSpod (549405) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440799)

"LOL OMG M$ sucks" - more probably.

Re:Beware the Toll (2, Insightful)

presarioD (771260) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440801)

+1 for Informative.
+1 for Interesting.

Somebody gave mod-power to teenagers?
Or is this all part of the collective psychology, the oh-so-powerful:

"we all belong to the same guilt/cult/group/$PREFERENCE_HERE so we should all think/act the same?"

Hmmmm!

Isn't that psychosis responsible for the greatest disasters in human history?

I need more coffee please...

Oh, spare me... (4, Funny)

halivar (535827) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440826)

I love how everybody who asks "Why is this important?" gets modded down as a troll. This just fuels the argument that Slashdot is full of elitist pricks.

1. Post inflammatory comment calling everyone "pricks".
2. Claim martyrdom because your valid point was modded down.
3. ???
4. KARMA!

Re:Beware the Toll (1)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440837)

A new Release Candidate is out for XP2, and I bet if that gets posted here, it'll get bashed all afternoon.... I hear ya buddy...

Re:Beware the Toll (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440843)

Because it's a stupid thing to say. Slashdot has been announcing Linux kernel releases sometimes since the beginning of Slashdot. By now the only reason to complain about it is to be intentionally annoying. It's not exactly high-brow debate.

English: Linux Today has human redable changelog (5, Informative)

VC (89143) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440705)

Linux 2.6.7 [linuxtoday.com]

Re:English: Linux Today has human redable changelo (1)

TreeHead (553584) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440906)

;if you could spell pseudo [m-w.com] , i might think you knew what you were talking about.

;mod -42 off topic.

;TreeHead

In German, but no need for translation. (1)

Alsee (515537) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440706)

I was going to post a link to a bablefish translation, but it really doesn't add anything new. There's a 2.6.7 release. It has minor fixes. And Linus Torvalds corrects the expenditure the nose with the treatment of Floating POINT exception.

-

2 questions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440715)

Two Questions:
Does grsecurity work with it? I heard they won't do any new releases now.... maybe an old patch will work?

Is the fix they applied just to prevent the exploit that was released or does it actually prevent all FPU errors in signal handlers from causing endless loops?

~Jacob

Latest Linux Release (0, Funny)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440716)


Yeah but does it run Windows?

You can thank me... (5, Funny)

bender647 (705126) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440720)

I knew if I patched and rebuilt 2.6.6 yesterday they would release 2.6.7 today :(

Not upgrading... (2, Interesting)

halivar (535827) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440738)

Those of use still running P3-500's on old mobo's don't have very many compelling reasons to upgrade from 2.6.3.

If in doubt, don't upgrade unless you need new support for essential hardware or need to cover a security vulnerability. I leanred that after b0rking several systems trying to keep my kernel perpetually updated.

Re:Not upgrading... (1)

alexbartok (764756) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440889)

Well security is not a reason to update your system ?

Is it just me, (4, Interesting)

aixou (756713) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440754)

or are the kernel version numbers escalating rather quickly. Already at 2.6.7? Isn't the 2.4 kernel still at 2.4.2x? Can someone explain to me the reason behind the quick rise? Are they just anxious to get to v.3?

Re:Is it just me, (3, Funny)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440803)

thats 2.4.twenty-x, not 2.4.2.x, so 2.4 is still way more versions ahead.

Re:Is it just me, (1)

werve (548765) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440807)

The version numbers are not real decimals, i.e. the sequence will be:

2.6.8
2.6.9
2.6.10
2.6.11 ...

So we're along way from .27 in the 2.4 series.

Re:Is it just me, (1)

aixou (756713) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440816)

Ahhh, gotcha. I misread the numbers. Thanks. :)

Re:Is it just me, (1)

btsdev (695138) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440869)

Not sure what you mean by "v.3" but as it's been said in the last couple of kernel updates, things aren't actually "escalating rather quickly." Yeah, 2.4 has a version number in the 20s, and there's no problem with that. 2.6 can and will go into the 20s as well; the last version number in x.x.x isn't restricted to a single digit. When Linus feels like he should move onto 2.8, he will.

Re:Is it just me, (1)

ville (29367) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440892)

The next version after 2.6.9 isn't 2.7.0 but 2.6.10.

// ville

Re:Is it just me, (2, Informative)

His name cannot be s (16831) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440923)

The first 8-10 revisions in a 2.X release tend to go quite quickly.

Some even say, that the kernel isn't stable till at least .10 :)

It sure seemed that way when it went from 2.2 to 2.4

The 2.4.0 to 2.4.10 seemed like overnight, and then it slowed down to a small humm :p

Re:Is it just me, (4, Informative)

tunah (530328) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440926)

2.4 is no longer being "developed" as such, it's being "maintained". So, in theory, you only get new releases for bugfixes of one kind or another.

2.6, while "stable", is still under development. It seems a little inconsistent, but it seems to work - the kernel guys get it reasonably stable for 2.6.0, a horde of regular users gets it and so there's more feedback/bug reports, and it all develops quite fast for a while, eventually everything calms down and the Downtime Costs Me $1000 A Minute people pick it up, and the kernel guys get to work on a (much more fun, I'm sure) unstable (odd-numbered) branch. At least that's how it looks to me...

Re:Is it just me, (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440937)

v 3?

Hehe, they can speed to 2.6.40 if they wish, but will for that reason not be any closer to 3.0.0. :-)

APIC Fix? (1)

Apreche (239272) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440760)

Does anyone know if the lockup bug with the combination of APIC/APIC-IO and nforce 2 boards is fixed? Currently I've got 2.6.5 and I have to disable APIC to prevent the system from hanging.

Re:APIC Fix? (2, Informative)

flex941 (521675) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440789)

It should be fixed. Give it a try!

HOW DOES THIS BASH MICRO$LOTH OR WORSHIP APPLE? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440772)

in other words, WHO CARES?

First distro to use it? Ninnle, of course! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440835)

That's because Ninnle Linux is and always has been, bleeding edge Linux!

This is needed if they have ftp/cgi access (2, Informative)

ehack (115197) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440861)

If the lamers have ftp upload ability and can execute cgi's via apache you'better have that fix in there too. I guess every single free webhost in the world with cgi's will go down in the next few days.

what really chaps my ass is (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9440872)

the fact that a kernel revision needs to get a front page placement. Why dont you guys create a section called 'Linux Kernel' as you do for BSDs and dump all this irrelevant junk there?

Linux Linux Linux......Big fucking deal.

Alan Cox? (5, Funny)

mqRakkis (521550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440918)

Alan needs to get to a linux hacking rehab. He still has couple of months left [slashdot.org] of his year off and I already see him in the ChangeLog!

2.6 kernels (2, Insightful)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 10 years ago | (#9440929)

The 2.6 kernels have a plethora of goodies as well as being faster than the 2.4 branch. Better hardware support, Crypto APIs (for IPsec), and in 2.6.4+ we have the beginnings of dm-crypt which is a better method of encrypting entire filesystems. I'm still yet to find a decent 2.6 distro that is good enough for both production and desktop environments though. Still too many bugs in most of the 2.6 based distros prevents me doing much. My newer hardware goes undetected, soundcard not working, SATA RAID being screwed up, webcam acting weird..... *sigh*
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