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  • Ubuntu 9.04 Will NOT Ship With The Linux 2.6.29 Kernel

    Phoronix: Ubuntu 9.04 Will NOT Ship With The Linux 2.6.29 Kernel

    Ubuntu 9.04, the next Linux operating system release due out by Canonical in April, will not be shipping with the Linux 2.6.29 kernel like many had hoped for. The feature freeze for the Jaunty Jackalope is not until next week and the Linux 2.6.29 kernel will certainly be released by April (right now it's at -rc4 stage), but Canonical's kernel team has decided to stick with using the current Linux 2.6.28 stable series. The Linux 2.6.28 kernel was released back in December, but the 2.6.29 kernel is introducing mainline support for Btrfs, Intel kernel mode-setting support, and various other new features...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzA1OA

  • #2
    I see no real reason to use 2.6.29 right now. In order to let an os install the kernel has to support the hd controller, everything else like some sound problems or lan could be solved with a later update. Well most lan adapters should also work with 2.6.28 - a very new Asrock G31M-GS onboard nic (r8169) needs for example 2.6.28 to work. But when the system is installed, just compile whatever kernel you want to use if you are not satisfied. Just don't forget about the initrd when root=UUID=... is used -> update-initramfs -c -k KERNEL_VER.

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    • #3
      I've been using 2.6.29 on F10 (they already have test packages) due to wifi problems, and looked like a great kernel to me. Not sure the Ubuntu folks really know what they are doing kernel wise, of course

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      • #4
        I'm happy that they stay with 2.6.28. It's new enough and the last time it was only an exeption.

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        • #5
          The question is, are there any significant changes to Ext4 support between 2.6.28 and 2.6.29? Several users have reported instability with Ext4 in the current kernel.

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          • #6
            I was looking forward to new and shiny :-) ... but don't know the pros/cons one way or the other so can't judge. (I am looking forward to all the great graphic advances of late both on Intel's side and Gallium3d to making their way into the wild)

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            • #7
              What a pitty.. i would really liked to see .29 in 9.04, because .28 has a Bug , so that my whole USB Bus freezes, when i use USB mass storgage devices. And this is fixed in .29, which im using allready with 8.10

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              • #8
                Damn, really wanted the new kernel. Guess its to compiling again. Oh well, at least now AMD won't have excuses not to have a working driver for this release.

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                • #9
                  But the 2.6.28 kernel is more stable and tested, the 2.6.29 kernel will only be ~3 weeks tested.

                  Also, the Ubuntu Kernel Team is backporting (in all the releases they do that) many changes from .29 to .28

                  The kernel in Jaunty is the latest stable, 2.6.28.4, with many ext4 fixes http://changelogs.ubuntu.com/changel...7.20/changelog

                  If someone needs a newer kernel, like Kano says, they can compile it in some minutes. There are many guides to compile kernels, and sure there is a repo (maybe PPA) for new kernels.

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                  • #10
                    Once Debian releases on Feb. 14... next year, I expect testing will be moving to the 2.6.29 kernel, I'm happy not having to wait for Ubuntu's "scheduled" release to get the latest stuff.

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                    • #11
                      Compared to lenny release kernel, 2.6.28 is a much better choice. Also Debian stays with old ide drivers to make updates more easy which I don't like at all. One of my nic needs an update to r8169 driver, which does not work up to 2.6.27, so no way for network install lenny...

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                      • #12
                        People don't want FF3, they want OOo3, but not this and that...

                        I think it's fine to stick with a bit of stability - Ubuntu has lately been getting critism lately for being unstable and having hardware stuff completely break.

                        ie, bluetooth not working at all atm.

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                        • #13
                          OOO3 is really easy to get, from openoffice.org you get debian packages for 32 + 64 bit which work with etch and any newer distro.

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                          • #14
                            Except that the only big feature of OOo3 was the ms compatibility, which ubuntu's 2.4 version was patched with. So people just fussed over nothing.

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                            • #15
                              I'm also interested in the current Ext4 situation. Does 2.6.28 has any drawbacks compared to 2.6.29?

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