I have down loaded the newly released 2.6.0 kernel and
installed it over a previously installed version of
Red Hat Fedora Core 1. I now have the original 2.4.22
kernel as well as the new 2.6.0 kernel ( in addition to
Windows ME dual boot) on a 700 MHZ compaq duron
I have had some success and some difficulties with the 2.6.0
I have had significant difficulty getting the correct options
when I run make menuconfig. More often than not I get a kernel panic when I install the new kernel. The solution
seems to be to erase everything associated with 2.6 and start
over from a fresh 2.6 tar file. It would be nice if
someone could create a more user friendly build/make
utility. Apparently it is possible to select incompatible
options when you build resulting in a kernel panic.
At present I have the 2.6.0 kernel running fairly stably ,
but some of my hardware that was available under the
2.4.22 kernel has disappeared.
My DVD-read/write drive is recognized as a Cd . however,'
my second read/write CD has disappeared entirely.
Initially my sound card disappeared. I have subsequently
installed the alsa-1.0 driver from source.
unpack alsa-1.0 source driver tar file
sh alsasound start
At this point the sound works. however, the sound test
utility in the Fedora menu says that it can not load the
driver. When I reboot the sound goes away.
However, If I add the "sh alsasound start" command
to my start up script the sound starts working again.
Sound quality is very good.
My Logitech USB flight stick has gone missing even though
modprobe seems to show that the ADI and joydev drivers are
My Logitech Messenger WebCamera does not work
However, it did not work with 2.4.22 either.
Apparently I have the misfortune of buying a web camera that
is not yet supported by linux.
My PCTEL789 winmodem has stopped working.
The custom linmodem driver that I used for 2.4.22 will
not compile under 2.6.0. The modem driver compilation
complains that it can not find modversions.h
So far I have not figured out how to get the DVD to play
movies. ( the DVD was recently added and it works when I start
up my dual boot machine with windows ME) . I have downloaded
some linux DVD drivers but have not installed them yet.
Also I have a recently purchased Canon 1250 DU scanner which
is not recognized under the 2.6.0 kernel. I have not tried
it under 2.4.22. It may be another "windows only" hardware
I have successfly patched the nvidia-4496 linux driver
with a patch file from www.minion.de.
I have full 3-D graphics including Opengl and GLUT and
Also when I run make menuconfig , the screen will start
flashing and refreshing excessively for a varying
amount of time.
Hopefully , there will be some patches and additional info
coming early next year to resolve some of these issues.
It looks like there is a long way to go before Linux replaces windows.