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The next stable release of Debian

Postby khelben1979 » 2008-06-05 19:32

What kernel version will be default in the next stable version of Debian Etch?

I have Debian Etch installed on an old Powerbook "Lombard" over here and it works good although the speed isn't too impressive, of course.. :)

I'm wondering if the performance will be lower or higher with the next release of Debian. Does anyone here know anything about this?

As always both Gnome and KDE tend to get bigger all the time and I guess that the new KDE 4.1 is no exception, for instance, but by using Window Maker I get decent performance anyway and I guess this will be the case even with the next release of Debian.
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Postby cestlaz » 2008-06-05 19:49

According to http://wiki.debian.org/NewInLenny

2.6.26 is the target
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Postby BioTube » 2008-06-05 20:35

If you have performance issues, build the kernel yourself. A customized one is always better than a cookie-cutter default. This howto should do you.
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Postby khelben1979 » 2008-06-05 22:07

BioTube wrote:If you have performance issues, build the kernel yourself. A customized one is always better than a cookie-cutter default. This howto should do you.


No, I won't bother. I'm happy that the system works and I need it working.

Interesting idea, though, and I will perhaps test it some other time. I think that the ppc kernels are pretty well optimized though since there aren't as much hardware for ppc as there is for intel hardware.
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Postby BioTube » 2008-06-05 22:55

With x86 processors at least, there were various extensions of the instruction set even within the 32-bit version(it got up to at least i686). Similar revisions probably happened with PPC and a custom kernel can take advantage of every extension your processor offers. Not sure, however - I've never used a Mac.
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Postby khelben1979 » 2008-06-06 10:38

BioTube wrote:With x86 processors at least, there were various extensions of the instruction set even within the 32-bit version(it got up to at least i686). Similar revisions probably happened with PPC and a custom kernel can take advantage of every extension your processor offers. Not sure, however - I've never used a Mac.


I definitely think you are right, but I have an old macintosh here: Lombard. So I don't think I will get so much of a boost from a custom kernel, but if the kernel get very small I may benefit from a small boost, perhaps?
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Postby BioTube » 2008-06-06 16:32

From what I've heard, custom kernels do tend to be lighter, though they may simply tend to be more modular.
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Postby googlah » 2008-07-08 21:43

I borrow the thread a little.. When is Lenny going to be released? Is there any need of anyone writing tutorials and stuff? Then I could do it, for the upcoming release. :) Great work btw.
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Postby khelben1979 » 2008-07-08 21:47

In september according to what I have read. It's preliminary though.

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