Tim Bedding wrote: > Is advanced noticed given if support for a particular > kernel is going to be dropped? Would that be given via > the debian announce list? Not usually. But this typically gets endless discussion on the development lists though. And the release notes will have more information. > I would like as much time as possible to move to a newer > kernel. I would like to avoid a situation where I have to > do a hurried kernel upgrade in order to move to the > new "stable". There seems to be a misunderstanding here. Why do you think you would need to hurry to a new stable? Even now with Sarge released if you were previously using Woody you would have no need to hurry to upgrade. But most people would want to because of the improvements offered in Sarge. There is never anything hurried about Debian stable releases. The Woody release took two years and the Sarge release took three years. If Etch, the next release pending, takes as long then you will have plenty of time to make the transition. Starting right now you will probably have three years (at least) of support on the current released stable kernels. Also, even though Sarge is now the released stable system the old stable system woody is still supported. Security and other updates are still be posted and are expected to continue for some time. So there is really never a need to hurry. Bob P.S. Personally I was disappointed to see Debian not support the linux 2.6 kernel for the AMD k6 processor in Sarge. Only the linux 2.4 kernels are supplied. This means that if I want to upgrade my k6 machines to a 2.6 kernel I must compile my own. Currently I am using the Sarge 2.4 linux kernels on my k6 machines out of laziness. Now I realize the k6 is an older machine but Debian runs fine on those and I hate to have to change out the hardware before its time has come. All of the newer hardware (notably excepting the amd64 in 64-bit mode, a sore point among though of us running the "unnofficial" Debian port) is quite well supported though. And even the unnofficial amd64 port is very good. I use it as my daily machine.
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