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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> 1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
2<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd"> 2<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
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4 4
5<guide> 5<guide>
6<title>Gentoo Linux Kernel Guide</title> 6<title>Gentoo Linux Kernel Guide</title>
7 7
8<author title="Author"> 8<author title="Author">
40 40
41<!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license --> 41<!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license -->
42<!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 --> 42<!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 -->
43<license/> 43<license/>
44 44
45<version>4</version> 45<version>5</version>
46<date>2012-04-26</date> 46<date>2012-05-27</date>
47 47
48<chapter> 48<chapter>
49<title>Introduction</title> 49<title>Introduction</title>
50<section> 50<section>
51<body> 51<body>
58I will attempt to give you a brief rundown of the goals of each of the 58I will attempt to give you a brief rundown of the goals of each of the
59patch sets, which we at Gentoo design, and also explain the other kernel 59patch sets, which we at Gentoo design, and also explain the other kernel
60sources we make available to you. 60sources we make available to you.
61</p> 61</p>
62 62
63<p>
64Linux 2.4 is maintained by Willy Tarreau. Linus Torvalds, the original creator
65of Linux, handed maintainership of the Linux 2.4 branch over to Marcelo Tosatti
66when Linus went off to start developing the newer 2.6 kernel tree. Marcelo did a
67fine job of keeping 2.4 stable and secure, and has since handed over
68maintainership to Willy. Note that only security and bug fixes are accepted into
69the 2.4 kernel tree. Actual development happens in the Linux 2.6 kernel tree.
70</p>
71
72<p>
73Linux 2.6 is maintained by Andrew Morton, who works closely with Linus
74Torvalds to deliver a fast, powerful, and feature-packed Linux kernel.
75Development is happening at incredible pace and this kernel tree is now very
76mature.
77</p>
78
79<p>
80Some of the more uncommon system architectures are not fully compatible with
81Linux 2.6, and some users prefer the tried-and-tested Linux 2.4 kernel. However,
82please note that Linux 2.4 is currently not being developed further - only bug
83and security fixes are being included in the newer releases. If you are able to,
84we suggest that you upgrade to Linux 2.6. You may find the <uri
85link="/doc/en/migration-to-2.6.xml">migration document</uri> useful.
86</p>
87
88</body> 63</body>
89</section> 64</section>
90</chapter> 65</chapter>
91 66
92<chapter> 67<chapter>
112<title>General purpose: gentoo-sources</title> 87<title>General purpose: gentoo-sources</title>
113<body> 88<body>
114 89
115<p> 90<p>
116For most users, we recommend the <c>gentoo-sources</c> kernel. 91For most users, we recommend the <c>gentoo-sources</c> kernel.
117<c>gentoo-sources</c> is a kernel based on Linux 2.6, lightly patched to fix 92<c>gentoo-sources</c> is a kernel based on Linux 3.x, lightly patched to fix
118security problems, kernel bugs, and to increase compatibility with the more 93security problems, kernel bugs, and to increase compatibility with the more
119uncommon system architectures. 94uncommon system architectures.
120</p> 95</p>
121 96
122<p> 97<p>
307unmodified Linux kernel. We recommend that you use <c>gentoo-sources</c> 282unmodified Linux kernel. We recommend that you use <c>gentoo-sources</c>
308instead. 283instead.
309</p> 284</p>
310 285
311<p> 286<p>
312Two versions of the kernel can be found under this package: 2.4 and 2.6. 287Two versions of the kernel can be found under this package: 2.6 and 3.x.
313</p>
314
315</body>
316</section>
317<section>
318<title>zen-sources</title>
319<body>
320
321<p>
322<c>zen-sources</c> is designed for desktop systems. It includes code not found
323in the mainline kernel. The zen kernel has patches that add new features,
324support additional hardware, and contain various tweaks for desktops.
325</p> 288</p>
326 289
327</body> 290</body>
328</section> 291</section>
329</chapter> 292</chapter>
502at almost native speeds. This was removed due to security issues. 465at almost native speeds. This was removed due to security issues.
503</p> 466</p>
504 467
505</body> 468</body>
506</section> 469</section>
470<section>
471<title>zen-sources</title>
472<body>
473
474<p>
475<c>zen-sources</c> was designed for desktop systems. It included code not found
476in the mainline kernel. The zen kernel had patches that added new features,
477supported additional hardware, and contained various tweaks for desktops.
478</p>
479
480</body>
481</section>
507</chapter> 482</chapter>
508</guide> 483</guide>

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