a little more than a week ago I successfully compiled Linux 126.96.36.199 with
the config provided in Slackware 13.37 for a huge-smp kernel. For me that
is still cause for celebration. Managed to trim it down to 4.8MB (the
stock one is 5.6) but did not feel like spending too much time on the
trimming process. Nice to know that disabling relatively few drivers and
a group like Joysticks can have such effect!
Tests since then have shown it to work in all aspects, as hoped for, and
now I can even use brcmsmac firmware files (imported from an extracted
Debian package) to connect instead of using broadcom-wl from Slackbuilds,
as good as that was,
While it was fun to attempt this once again and succeed, I'm asking
myself whether upgrading the kernel is really necessary.
2.6.39 is old now as well, is there any other benefit to using the latest
if all your hardware is supported and working fine? I mean what's the
point if theoretically I can go on using this setup for another five
years until when ever this machine dies with all my stuff working.
Is it that vulnerabilities are discovered and always fixed in the newest
kernel, which would make it prudent to always run the very latest, or is
it merely a question of inclusion of new drivers and ever greater
If anything serious was discovered I suppose Pat would issue a patch like
he did with 12.2.
As I'm running this on a laptop with AlienBOB's efg firewall script and
no open ports, is there a benefit to using the latest 3.x kernels or can
I just as well stick to what I've got, a la if it ain't broke...?