Kernel choices!

4.3pre-beta will be built with the kernel. I had to roll back because of the cdrki/cdrtools problem reported earlier in this blog.

However, we are still at a flexible stage, and after I get home I'll do some builds with the and also the kernels -- I'll upload them from the Perenjori Telecentre.

We can compare them, see which ones look best overall.

The 2.6.27.x kernel is very interesting, as it is continuing to be supported, the latest is upgraded on 24 July 2009. The 28/29/30 have major structural changes, so some kernel developers have an interest in continuing to upgrade the 27 series. It also has the older squashfs support.
It will be interesting to check it out.

Posted on 26 Jul 2009, 8:44


Posted on 26 Jul 2009, 9:10 by Jota
2.6.30 is faster??
On an old celeron 600 Toshiba, with 190Mb Ram, I run Puppy 4.12, pup4-417-k2.6.25.16 and pup4-417-k2.6.30.1_cutdown_modules, and the last one was the fastest, by a large margin.
I was quite surprised by this result!

Posted on 26 Jul 2009, 9:18 by gposil
Kernel 2.6.27.x
I think it is well worth exploring 2.6.27 more, it is by far the most satisfying build in my dpup476 experiments, and the sfs3 support is essential I think....just my 0.2c worth

Posted on 26 Jul 2009, 9:27 by BarryK
I was wondering about that also. 417 with the kernel "felt" faster, but I wasn't sure if it was just a subjective impression. Everything seemed to be just that little bit more snappier. I wonder if the improved ext2 driver is the cause?

Posted on 26 Jul 2009, 9:50 by Jota
Snappier is the right word
And, there's one more important thing:
using top, the "Load average" is down by about 30% compared to the other puppies.

Posted on 26 Jul 2009, 11:55 by dogone
kernel sense
Just to bring us all back down, whatever kernel you employ will age just as fast as the one before it and the one after it. And a few points this way or that won't matter a bit in a few months time.

Personally, I prefer to let the more significant kernel releases "age" bit. That said, 4.3 is pre-beta. There's still time to experiment.

Posted on 27 Jul 2009, 2:11 by dogone
Improved wireless mouse/keyboard
I must add that 417 under 2.6.30.x has solved long-standing difficulties with wireless mouse and keyboard on one of my machines (c.2001). The problems involved either no recognition of the devices or loss of keyboard control during boot.

Anyway, no problems under 417 w/2.5.30.x!

Posted on 27 Jul 2009, 11:40 by Lobster
Better beta
The 2.6.30.x in 2.17 has proved fast booting (as reported) - we could do with some statistical Puppy analysis. More importantly I am using 4.17 Alpha as a day to day machine and can happily report that browser usage is more stable than 4.2.1 which used an earlier kernel. Despite the size increase (bad coing? not sure) I am very pleased to see the upgrade to the 10 version of Flash. It is one of the first things I add. One last thing: A second bookmark would prove very useful to our new and seasoned Puppys