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Kernel updates: Cutting-edge or stability?

Poll Results: Do you like to keep your kernel up-to-date?

 
  • 60% (9)
    Yes, I like to be at bleeding edge!
  • 40% (6)
    No, I value stability too much!
  • 0% (0)
    What's a kernel?
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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I guess this mostly applies to Arch & Gentoo users (and Slack? and Fedora?), but I just thought I'd ask the question - how motivated to update your kernel are you? Obviously for distro's like Ubuntu & Debian, it's dicatated by the distro's themselves, but bug-fixes and minor improvements still come through, so the question still stands.

This has come about, as I get my custom kernel from the AUR, and the latest one (2.6.39) has just been put up. I've tried looking through the change list, but it's really low-level, and huge, so impossible to disseminate the benefits for me to upgrade. I'd hope for performance increases (in the form of power saving or raw performance), as I haven't really encountered any bugs.

Anyway, do you like to keep your kernel up-to-date at the cutting-edge, or do you prefer to install a kernel that works, then leave it at that? Vote above!
Edited by chemicalfan - 5/27/11 at 7:07am
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post #2 of 8
Check the ArchForums for people reporting issues. Usually people scream pretty quick when things break. Usually I keep kernel up to date unless there are glaring known issues being reported. Kernel updates IME don't break things that often.

Not updating leads to more issues than just staying up to date IMHO.

Updates to X are another matter entirely. Updates to X usually break things.
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post #3 of 8
I usually update once a day, no problems so far. I would much rather have the cutting edge stuff and have to fix things now and then rather than having an ancient kernel and have problems because certain features or modules are missing.
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post #4 of 8
i always have a stable kernel in my grub menu.

It allows me to try out newer versions and patches reguaraly, and if something goes bad, big deal.

2.6.39 has been fine. I've got BFS setup and it is FAST. FAST AS ****. microsoft is totally outgunned
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post #5 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by chemicalfan View Post
I've tried looking through the change list, but it's really low-level, and huge, so impossible to disseminate the benefits for me to upgrade.
You may prefer a more brief overview then.
    
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Bloody as hell.
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Depends on where things are at. Stability might bring around the possibility of certain hardware as always working. You might also get better performance from cutting edge, it all depends on what the tradeoffs are.
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post #8 of 8
Whats a kernel?
I'm a bleeding edge kinda guy =]
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