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>>>>> "Marcelo" == Marcelo Tosatti <marcelo.tosatti@cyclades.com> writes:
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Marcelo> 2.6 is already stable enough for people to use it.

Yes, that's an old post I'm responding to, but I've just given 2.6 a try
on my desktop machine, and the above statement seems even more
annoying. I hit the following problems:

-- I had to wrestle ATI drivers into compiling, they finally did, but
the kernel prints scary-looking warnings with call stacks, about
"sleeping function called from invalid context at mm/slab.c:1856,
-- modules don't autoload for some reason (though I'm sure that could
be solved),
-- bttv does not compile, so no video input for me,
-- drivers for my telephony card (from Digium) are not 2.6-ready, so
no telephony support for me,
-- I have just frozen the machine hard by copying files over NFS and
doing a simulation write to an ATAPI CD-RW at the same time.

I haven't even gotten to VMware and user-mode Linux, which I also need,
and I'm not even dreaming about getting my scanner to work. Not to
mention that on my laptop there would be an entirely different set of
issues, and software suspend in 2.6 is, well, still lacking.

So, as for me, 2.6 is a definite no-no. I see no advantage whatsoever in
running it, it caused me nothing but pain, and there is no improvement
that I could see that would justify the upgrade.

So please be careful when making statements like that. 2.6 is *NOT*
stable enough nor ready enough for people to use it, unless those people
have a narrow range of hardware on which the 2.6 kernel has actually
been tested (translation: they have the same hardware as the main
developers do).

--J.
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