Linux 2.6.24

January 26th, 2008 by Crusader

There’s a new stable release for the Linux kernel available; Linux Kernel Newbies has the rundown:

2.6.24 includes CPU “group scheduling”, memory fragmentation avoidance, tickless support for x86-64/ppc and other architectures, many new wireless drivers and a new wireless configuration interface, SPI/SDIO MMC support, USB authorization, per-device dirty memory thresholds, support for PID and network namespaces, support for static probe markers, read-only bind mounts, SELinux performance improvements, SATA link power management and port multiplier support, Large Receive Offload in network devices, memory hot-remove support, a new framework for controlling the idle processor power management, CIFS ACLs support, many new drivers and many other features and fixes.

Out of curiosity, how many of you compile from the stock kernel source these days? If not, do you use distribution-supplied/modified kernel source, pre-compiled kernels, etc.?

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11 Responses to “Linux 2.6.24”

  1. phantomlord Says:

    I use gentoo-sources (which is still pretty close to the stock kernel) with my own custom config and a couple patches I wrote that are pending upstream adoption

  2. Crusader Says:

    Cool – what are the patches? (I use gentoo-sources also).

  3. ZlatkO Says:

    Out of curiosity, how many of you compile from the stock kernel source these days?

    I do. :-)

  4. phantomlord Says:

    Just a couple driver things that were neglected without a maintainer and left behind. As of 2.6.24, they’re no longer required since the main one (the advansys driver) was substantially changed.

    Cheaper to use an old SCSI card that I already have for my flatbed scanner and tape drive than it is to buy an adapter to plug the chain into my Adaptec card.

  5. berarma Says:

    Lately, I’m compiling stock kernels patched for realtime. I used debian kernels before, but they don’t have all the realtime features that I want now for music and gaming.

  6. Marv Says:

    Real men compile their kernels from scratch.

  7. bersl2 Says:

    I have compiled my own stock kernels since I started using Linux in late 2001/early 2002. I do not foresee changing this practice.

  8. daturan Says:

    seems a bit of a blessing and a curse, I decided to compile my kernel per etqw requirement of the low-latency/preemptive stuff. The benchmarks did show an appreciable difference on my system (on other games too!).. It seems Ubuntu still wants to update my kernel and nvidia drivers are bunked for the apt repos. Not a biggie but it’s a little more work.

  9. Andre4s Says:

    Stock kernel of cource! fit my needs just fine.

  10. clump Says:

    I still use vanilla kernels. I started compiling my own back in 1999, and have done so ever since to keep current and play with new features. I find that distro kernels are generally “good enough”, so it’s now more a habit than necessity for me.

  11. acidic32 Says:

    I run LFS (linux from scratch) so compiling a kernel is mandantory, stock kernels dont seem to be very optimized for system’s, why have useless compiled in devices, and useless modules taking up space! Face it, its like stocking your fridge up with marmite when you hate the stuff!

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