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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:31 am    Post subject: [Solved]Stable kernel - 4.14.83 Reply with quote

I was looking at https://packages.gentoo.org/packages/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources and it seems that 4.14.83 is the latest stable kernel. It was released over a year ago according to the github release page - https://github.com/torvalds/linux/releases?after=v4.15-rc3. What is the testing procedure for the stable kernel in sys-kernel? How often is the stable kernel updated?
I do not specifically need a newer kernel for anything but I am curious.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stable kernels in gentoo are those in long term support
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:12 am    Post subject: Re: Stable kernel - 4.14.83 Reply with quote

reikdas wrote:
I was looking at https://packages.gentoo.org/packages/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources and it seems that 4.14.83 is the latest stable kernel. It was released over a year ago according to the github release page

That's incorrect, .83 is a very recent LTS point release.

commit aaee2a4d407cff9e4e3963735adc966906cf21b0
Date: Fri Nov 23 09:20:43 2018 -0500
sys-kernel/gentoo-sources: Linux patch 4.14.83
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: Stable kernel - 4.14.83 Reply with quote

asturm wrote:
reikdas wrote:
I was looking at https://packages.gentoo.org/packages/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources and it seems that 4.14.83 is the latest stable kernel. It was released over a year ago according to the github release page

That's incorrect, .83 is a very recent LTS point release.

commit aaee2a4d407cff9e4e3963735adc966906cf21b0
Date: Fri Nov 23 09:20:43 2018 -0500
sys-kernel/gentoo-sources: Linux patch 4.14.83


Oh my bad. I was looking at the Linux kernel release date for 4.14.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fedeliallalinea wrote:
Stable kernels in gentoo are those in long term support


Is it gentoo specific lts or the linux kernel lts?

Would it not be advisable to use the latest kernel instead of the stable lts kernel? (Especially if there is nothing that I explicitly want)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

reikdas,

Its kernel.orgs LTS support kernel.

If everything works for you, a LTS kernel is probably fine.
When you have very new hardware, you want an up to date kernel as new features will mostly not be back ported.
e.g. amdgpu. You need at least 4.17. Some things were there in 4.14 but it was unstable for me.

You could also try a -rc kernel but that might drink all the beer in your fridge, or worse.
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