Re: Linux 2.4.34-pre1

From: Arjan van de Ven
Date: Thu Aug 17 2006 - 02:47:06 EST

> Right now, I'd prefer getting gcc 4 support than gcc 3.4, because I don't
> know if even one common distro has shipped with gcc 3.4 by default. 2.95,
> 3.0, and 3.3 have been common, and right now, 4.[01] is almost everywhere.

but most distros that ship with gcc 4 aren't capable of running a 2.4
kernel.... all the new distros greatly depend on sysfs for example, and
ntpl in glibc requires 2.6 etc etc etc. So I'm rather sceptical about
this argument.
> > Since there shouldn't be any reason for still using a 2.4 kernel
> > except for "never change a running system",
> I think that by "never change", you meant "except for regular updates".

I think that you'll find that people who run 2.4 today, if you ask them,
will say "please change as little as possible, only serious bugs and
security issues". After all the people who run 2.4 still are generally
those who resist new stuff in favor of stability of existing systems....
But maybe it's worth doing a user survey to find out what the users of
2.4 want... (and with that I mean users of the 2.4 kernels,
people who use enterprise distro kernels don't count for this since
they'll not go to a newer released 2.4 anyway)

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