Recently, I installed a new kernel for my Debian-Testing box.
I have been using a 2.4.26 kernel that I got from backports, way back before I upgraded to testing. This kernel works well enough that I still use it, and keep it as the default bootup, as there are a couple of non-linux Lusers that also use this box, and I'd like to give them a stable and well tested platform to do their work.
But I have a couple of periphrials that have verry good support in the 2.6 kernel (ATI Remote Wonder - RF remote, to name one), and thought perhaps a 2.6 kernel'd be great...
So, I got the Debian 2.6.8 kernel image and source packages and some other stuff, installed them, and re-booted. This went well enough, except there was no mouse!
A little troubleshooting I found that the psmouse kernel module was not loaded. Editing /etc/modules fixed this.
Then I got to looking at making my ATI Remote Wonder work, and found a kernel module "ati_remote" that the good folks at Debian had built into the kernel image. This also went into /etc/modules, and presto! my remote worked also!
A couple of other things I've noticed about 2.6.8:
All in all, I like the 2.6 kernel, but I have a couple of issues still to iron out before moving perminantly to this kernel...
"Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb
voting on what to have for lunch,
Liberty is a well armed lamb
contesting the vote" - Ben Franklin