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    question about kernel version

    When i install slackware 8.0 it asks if i want to install kernel 2.2.19 i think it is and/or kernel 2.4.5

    What is the difference between them? Should i have installed them both?

    I have the 2.2.19 kernel installed, does the 2.4.5 have an advantage over the other one?

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    hmm the 2.2.19 is the older kernel .. i think you wont need it anymore .. the main reason for installing the 2.4.5 kernel is that it allows you to install with reiser

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    so lets just say i have NO plans for useing reiser, the 2.4.5 is the kernel i should install anyway?

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    i would. the 2.2.19 is stable as can be but the 2.4.5 kernel has lots of neat stuff.

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    Re: question about kernel version

    Use either, then update to 2.4.16 or whatever is latest.

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    Use either, then update to 2.4.16 or whatever is latest.
    i agree
    there's no reason to use 2.4.5 since all 2.4 kernels < 2.4.9 (or .10 i'm not sure) have a security problem wich could lead to a user gaining root access

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    so lets just say i have NO plans for useing reiser, the 2.4.5 is the kernel i should install anyway?
    Yes, 2.4.x gives you iptables!

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    Re: question about kernel version

    I *think* kernel 2.4.x use a new VM code.

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    hmm the 2.2.19 is the older kernel .. i think you wont need it anymore .. the main reason for installing the 2.4.5 kernel is that it allows you to install with reiser
    Actually the 2.2.19 isn't really any older, just the stable version
    with patches. The same devices are supported in both via
    patches, but run native in 2.4.x. Iptables is the most resonable
    reason for using 2.4, but again iptables really don't hold much
    of an advantage (IMHO now) over ipchains other than
    complicated enterprise routing/firewalling. The syntax to
    iptables is a little easier to understand comparitively and things
    like forwarding are built in w/o having to call a different mod in.
    Reiserfs is patched into 2.2.19 on Slack8 anyway, so that
    really makes no difference as far as running it.

    While testing under high load conditions, I've had better system
    stability with 2.2.19. It's really just a matter of choice/preference.

    I don't think either is a bad choice myself.
    ~Guitarlynn

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    iptables really don't hold much
    of an advantage (IMHO now) over ipchains
    Nope, iptables is stateful, ipchains is not. Statefulness gives iptables a tremendous advantage over ipchains.

    For example, I have an iptables rule that allows me to block packets that are not SYN packets, and are not part of an existing connection. This effectively prevents all FIN, XMAS, NUL, etc scans. ipchains can't do that.

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