> On Wed, 13 Jun 2001 08:29:25 -0700 (PDT), patrick
>>I just updated my Linux kernel from 2.2.16-22 to 2.2.18 and
>>life is good. (I was having a problem with the 2.2.16-22 kernel.)
>>However, there are now 2.4.0-2.4.5 kernels. Are there any
>>2.4.X kernels which are known to be better than others?
> I'd say to go with the latest'n'greatest version. I currently run 2.4.4
> it works like a champ with one exception: it's matrox mga driver is out
> of date and I had to go to xfree.org's cvs site to get a usable driver.
> The 2.4.x kernel is the most reliable software I've ever experienced in my
> 25 years of computing.
Well you can't be putting your system into swap then!
2.2.19 is far more stable on most ppl systems, and the 2.4 currently needs
much greater swap space size, 2xRAM at a minimum, so it could be an awkward
2.4.6pre series have some important fixes for VM system. Upgrading a 2.2
system to 2.4 is not so easy, you need to read Moshe Bar's article at
Byte.com, and Documentation/Changes in the new source.
My advice, is wait until 2.4 has settled down a little more. 2.4.6 might
be the best release, all the others seem to have had problems, but look
after it's been release for any patches issued in a 2.4.7pre series.
The other issue is whether Linus kernels or -ac series are best ones to
use. Most distros will proably go with Alan Cox, as he is supporting new
major device number assignments, whilst Linus has refused any new numbers.