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Supporting older hardware

Supporting older hardware

Posted Sep 17, 2008 11:06 UTC (Wed) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
In reply to: Supporting older hardware by spaetz
Parent article: KS2008: Linux 3.0

Bugs obviously. Specially security ones.


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Supporting older hardware

Posted Sep 17, 2008 11:56 UTC (Wed) by NAR (subscriber, #1313) [Link]

Only if you think that the newer kernels do not have security bugs, which seems not to be the case. On the other hand, contemporary crackers, script kiddies might look for only newer bugs and miss the old ones.

Anyway, as far as I know, some bugs in the 2.4.x series are still being fixed. I guess that 2.4.<late> would run on the same hardware as the more than 7 years old 2.4.0.

Supporting older hardware

Posted Sep 18, 2008 6:57 UTC (Thu) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

new kernels may have new bugs, but they also fix a lot of old bugs.

yes, most bugs that are being fixed were introduced durng the 2.6 days, that could be because there have been more lines of code writen for 2.6 then for all prior kernels combined (I don't know that for sure, but with the pace of development that's happening in 2.6 I would not at all be surprised)

Supporting older hardware

Posted Sep 17, 2008 12:02 UTC (Wed) by spaetz (subscriber, #32870) [Link]

Last I looked, 2.4.36.7 was only released recently. Many of the current security bugs have only been introduced in the 2.6 series, so some people even prefer the stable and tried 2.4 for security reasons. If you want to use your 80286, it might be fully sufficient.

Supporting older hardware

Posted Sep 17, 2008 14:21 UTC (Wed) by xoddam (subscriber, #2322) [Link]

> If you want to use your 80286, it [2.4] might be fully sufficient.

LOL. 16-bit processor without an MMU. ELKS supports it, but (a) ELKS is moribund and (b) it never tracked mainline Linux security updates.

Probably better off with minix 1.x.


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