Ubuntu 9.04 Will NOT Ship With The Linux 2.6.29 Kernel
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 12 February 2009 at 07:19 AM EST. 21 Comments
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. Numerous Linux drivers have also been either added or updated within the Linux 2.6,29 tree.

Canonical's Tim Gardner had said on the kernel team's list, "Jaunty will absolutely, positively, and without a doubt, release with a
2.6.28 kernel." Many Ubuntu users -- including us -- would have liked to see the Linux 2.6.29 kernel inside Ubuntu 9.04, but that simply will not happen. Unless you are interested in building your own kernel, users will simply need to wait until Ubuntu 9.10 when it will ship with the Linux 2.6.30 or 2.6.31 kernels.

With Ubuntu 8.10 there was a similar kernel debate about using the 2.6.26 or 2.6.27 kernel, but in that case they ended up choosing the newer version.
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