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4<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd"> 4<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
5<guide link="/doc/en/gentoo-kernel.xml"> 5<guide link="/doc/en/gentoo-kernel.xml">
6<title>Gentoo Linux Kernel Guide</title> 6<title>Gentoo Linux Kernel Guide</title>
7<author title="Author"> 7<author title="Author">
31provides through Portage. 31provides through Portage.
32</abstract> 32</abstract>
33 33
34<license/> 34<license/>
35 35
36<version>1.2</version> 36<version>1.3</version>
37<date>2005-04-18</date> 37<date>2005-04-21</date>
38 38
39<chapter> 39<chapter>
40<title>Introduction</title> 40<title>Introduction</title>
41<section> 41<section>
42<body> 42<body>
73</p> 73</p>
74 74
75</body> 75</body>
76</section> 76</section>
77<section> 77<section>
78<title>General purpose: gentoo-sources and gentoo-dev-sources</title> 78<title>General purpose: gentoo-sources</title>
79<body> 79<body>
80 80
81<p> 81<p>
82For most users, we recommend the <c>gentoo-sources</c> kernel. Two different 82For most users, we recommend the <c>gentoo-sources</c> kernel. Since the
83kernel branches exist under this package name: gentoo-sources-2.4 and 832005.0 release, Gentoo Linux uses 2.6 as the default kernel. Unless you are
84gentoo-sources-2.6. On most architectures, 2.6 is the default, and we 84specifically using the 2.4 profile, <c>gentoo-sources</c> will be a 2.6 kernel
85recommend that you choose this branch. 85on <e>most</e> architectures.
86</p>
87
88<p> 86</p>
87
88<p>
89<c>gentoo-sources-2.6</c> is a kernel based on Linux 2.6, with various kernel 89<c>gentoo-sources</c> is a kernel based on Linux 2.6, with various kernel
90patches included to fix security problems, kernel bugs, and to increase 90patches included to fix security problems, kernel bugs, and to increase
91compatibility with the more uncommon system architectures. Linux 2.6 is 91compatibility with the more uncommon system architectures. Linux 2.6 is
92the current official stable kernel tree, and development is progressing 92the current official stable kernel tree, and development is progressing
93rapidly. For highest performance, best hardware support, and its large 93rapidly. For highest performance, best hardware support, and its large
94new feature set, we recommend 2.6 over its older 2.4 counterpart. 94new feature set, we recommend 2.6 over its older 2.4 counterpart.
95</p> 95</p>
96 96
97<p> 97<p>
98Some of the more uncommon system architectures are not fully compatible with 98Some of the more uncommon system architectures are not fully compatible with
99Linux 2.6, and some users prefer to the tried-and-tested Linux 2.4 kernel; 99Linux 2.6, and some users prefer to the tried-and-tested Linux 2.4 kernel;
100for this reason we provide <c>gentoo-sources-2.4</c>. The patches included in 100for this reason we provide <c>gentoo-sources</c> (the 2.4 version). The
101this kernel are similar to those included in its 2.6 counterpart, plus a number 101patches included in this kernel are similar to those included in its 2.6
102of patches designed to add functionality and improve performance. Linux 2.4 is 102counterpart, plus a number of patches designed to add functionality and
103currently not being developed further - only bug and security fixes are being 103improve performance. Linux 2.4 is currently not being developed further - only
104included in the newer releases. If you are able to, we suggest that you upgrade 104bug and security fixes are being included in the newer releases. If you are
105to Linux 2.6. You may find the 105able to, we suggest that you upgrade to Linux 2.6. You may find the
106<uri link="http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/migration-to-2.6.xml">migration 106<uri link="http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/migration-to-2.6.xml">migration
107document</uri> useful. 107document</uri> useful.
108</p> 108</p>
109 109
110<p> 110<p>
128not patch these kernels at all - these are purely for people who wish to run 128not patch these kernels at all - these are purely for people who wish to run
129a completely unmodified Linux kernel. 129a completely unmodified Linux kernel.
130</p> 130</p>
131 131
132<p> 132<p>
133Similarly to <c>gentoo-sources</c>, two versions of Linux can be found under 133Similar to <c>gentoo-sources</c>, two versions of the kernel can be found
134this package: 2.4 and 2.6. 134under this package: 2.4 and 2.6.
135</p> 135</p>
136 136
137<p> 137<p>
138Linux 2.4 is maintained by Marcelo Tosatti. Linus Torvalds, the original 138Linux 2.4 is maintained by Marcelo Tosatti. Linus Torvalds, the original
139creator of Linux, handed maintainership of the Linux 2.4 branch over to 139creator of Linux, handed maintainership of the Linux 2.4 branch over to

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