2.6.26 kernel in hardy?

H.S. hs.samix at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 00:47:13 UTC 2009

Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> H.S. wrote:
>> In other words, it is not uncommon for a kernel upgrade to break a
>> particular hardware in a system. The solution is invariably to revert to
>> an older one.
> No, it's not.  That's a temporary, often flawed, work-around.  The

It is temporary, but flawed or not, that cannot be said in general
terms. Here "flow" can only be defined based on the situation at hand
(see below).

> solution is to fix the new kernel.  The kernel devs have a policy of
> never "giving up" on hardware people are still using.

I understand that. And those fixes are reflected with the newer minor
number kernel versions. But, *till* those fixes are available, and one
wants to use the hardware in question, there is no other choice, is
there now? In other words, one has to use the latest working kernel
version. Again, a no-brainer.

>> But it did have some webcams working which broke in 27.
>> Perfect case to stay with 26 in this case I would suppose.
> The kernel devs did not say, "Well, let's make a single change to the
> kernel that will break wireless and enable webcams" as you seem to
> think.  There are /many/ differences between the two kernels.

Of course there are. And not all of them are stable or bug free! A newer
kernel can easily bring new problems (as is the case in point here)!

But I did not contest that, of course there are newer features and
improvements. My point was that if there is this one little problem and
everything works alright, then the choice boils down which kernel
version gives the most mileage (see above).

The usual advice I have had about kernel upgrades is that they should be
done carefully.

Keeping all these factors mind, I wish we had older version kernels (for
exampe, 2.6.26 here, which was used in alphas) available for Intrepid
for those poor souls for whom the newer kernel does not work properly.



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