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Re: Linux kernels v3.18.x and v4.2.x in sid

On 24/10/15 22:17, Dmitry Katsubo wrote:
> On 24/10/2015 14:56, James Cowgill wrote:
>> If you want something which gets updated and gets bug fixes, you 
>> shouldn't be using snapshot.d.o and instead use a kernel from the
>> main archive. Install "linux-image-amd64" to get the latest one
>> from sid.
> I would be happy to. However it does not allow me to use the latest
> kernel from 3.x branch (3.16 is now 1 year old).

There is no difference in stability or level of support between 2.6.x,
3.x and 4.x kernels: they are not "branches" in the traditional sense.
The next kernel after 2.6.39 was arbitrarily labelled 3.0 instead of
2.6.40, and the next kernel after 3.19 was arbitrarily labelled 4.0
instead of 3.20, to stop the minor version numbers from becoming too high.

All Debian stable releases are intended to be used with the latest
kernel from the same suite. For Debian 8 that's the 3.16.y series, which
has long term support from Canonical, and receives security and
stability bug fixes in the Debian stable and security archives.

If you have hardware or software requirements that mean the stable
kernel is unsuitable for you, then the next most stable option is to use
the latest kernel from the corresponding backports repository. For
Debian 8 that's jessie-backports, which currently has Linux 4.2.y.

Anything in snapshots.debian.org is entirely "as is"; if it has critical
bugs, they will never be fixed. Do not use snapshots.debian.org on
production systems.


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