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Brief question as to the Linux kernel in use in the Stable version of Etch

I have looked all through the info and the best I can find is that Etch
uses version 2.6.18 of the Linux kernel.  Since the stable version was
put out there in the early part of Jan 2008, that seems like a very old
version to be releasing.  Am I right that this is the version in use?
If so that does not support my ethernet connection and I will have to
look elsewhere for a Linux to use.

My ethernet adapter is an ATTANSIC Gigabyte L1 (also released since the
takeover of ATTANSIC by ATHEROS as the ATHEROS Gigabyte L1.  From what I
have been able to find out the earliest kernel supporting this adapter
is the 2.6.22.  That is the reason I am asking as I would like to take a
good look at Debian but if I can't connect to the ethernet with it then
it is useless to me.  This is also the problem I have with PCLinuxOS as
it also uses this version of the kernel.  Ubuntu, Sabayon, Slackware,
etc all use more recent versions so I can use them but I really am
trying as many distros as I can to find the one I want to stick with.

Thanks in advance.

Dick Thompson
Jamaica, NY 11435 USA

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