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Tid-Bits #1- Kernel release numbers
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  1. #1

    Tid-Bits #1- Kernel release numbers

    For those new to linux and that are curious as to what your kernel version is you can type in the console:

    uname -r

    for example:

    [greg@Mister_Computer greg]$ uname -r
    2.4.18-3

    this wasn't good enough for me, since it was just numbers without names, so here is what they mean:

    VERSION = 2
    PATCHLEVEL = 4
    SUBLEVEL = 18
    EXTRAVERSION = 3

    though it was jsut a curiousity for me, i remember it being necessary when i made my audio drivers, so either way, now you know what it means!

    Goodluck,

    Babbing

    ps - i will try to find other details that might be of interest for the new guys

  2. #2
    Aaron_Adams
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    Re:Tid-Bits #1

    Just to add to this a little for any of you that have ever wondered what the difference between the 2.4 and 2.5 tree is:

    All it is, is the difference between the stable kernel and the development kernel. The odd number (the "5" in 2.5) signifies a development kernel. When 2.5 becomes stable, it will turn into the 2.6 tree, which will be considered the new stable tree. (Whether or not it is a stable kernel or not is a different story).

    I know some people are confused as to why the distro's don't include 2.5 as it's the "newest" kernel, but that's the reason. It's just for testing new features, etc.

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    Re:Tid-Bits #1

    Sweet, nice note Aaron, if anyone else knows good tid bits about kernel numbers, lets here'm

  4. #4

    Re:Tid-Bits #1

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron_Adams
    Just to add to this a little for any of you that have ever wondered what the difference between the 2.4 and 2.5 tree is:

    All it is, is the difference between the stable kernel and the development kernel. The odd number (the "5" in 2.5) signifies a development kernel. When 2.5 becomes stable, it will turn into the 2.6 tree,
    or 3.0, depending on the mood of the kernel developers
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

  5. #5
    Aaron_Adams
    Guest

    Re:Tid-Bits #1- Kernel release numbers

    Alastair,

    Where did you hear about that? I've heard no mention of them planning on moving it to a 3.0 tree... The oddest thing I've heard is them planning on maintaining a 2.6 and 2.7 tree simutaneously.

    I'd be interested in reading about the 3.0 switching argument if you could find it somewhere.

  6. #6

    Re:Tid-Bits #1- Kernel release numbers

    really?
    well i just heard that 2.6 _might_ be called 3.0 if they choose so,
    can't remember where, somewhere on slashdot maybe??
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

  7. #7

    Re:Tid-Bits #1- Kernel release numbers

    heh, i heard the same thing, prolly on irc. dang i wish i remembered who was talking about it......

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