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From: Solar Designer (solaropenwall.com)
Date: Thu Aug 30 2001 - 21:57:50 CDT
On Fri, Aug 31, 2001 at 09:04:28AM +0700, Jundi wrote:
> I think Owl Linux is very similiar to OpenBSD in BSD world.
> But not ready for kernel v2.4 yet. At least modutils and e2fsprog aren't
> fulfill kernel v2.4 requirements.
> Public opinion says the v2.4 of linux kernel more robust (performance) than
> v2.2. I share that also.
The difference is hardly noticeable with most practical uses.
> At last, is there possibilities to use v2.4 on Owl?
Not yet (unless you update the relevant packages yourself, of course,
in which case it won't be official Owl). You'll have to wait a few
kernel revisions more.
For us, the significant difference between 2.2 and 2.4 at the moment
is that I haven't reviewed 2.4 kernels for my usual set of potential
security issues, yet. I did that to 2.2 between 2.2.9 and 2.2.13, and
as you could have noticed this has resulted in 2.2.13 fixing quite a
few security issues. I have no reasons to expect 2.4 is in a much
better condition now. We've already seen several security fixes that
were applied to 2.2 over a year ago still missing in recent 2.4's and
finally getting applied just now. The ELF loader integer signedness
and overflow issues are a recent example. We had them fixed back with
2.2.14-ow2 (January, 2000) and 2.2.15+. Now someone re-discovered
them still not fixed in 2.4 this July.
> I need this to be able read my raiserfs (v3.6) partitions and better
> support for my latest hardware.
That I can understand. I avoid using reiserfs, though.