[mythtv-users] Advantages of 2.6 kernel

Jarod Wilson jcw at wilsonet.com
Thu Jun 10 16:19:10 EDT 2004

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On Thursday 10 June 2004 05:24, Jeppe N. Madsen wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Jun 2004, David wrote:
> >  Jeppe N. Madsen wrote:
> [...]
> > >I agree, but are there any advantages (assuming drivers work etc)
> > >in using kernel 2.6?
> >
> >  I agree too - since you ask for benefits - here are some:
> >  Sata support is better (both wider and more stable)
> >  It has xfs built in
> >  It has lvm2 support
> >  I think the md/raid subsystem has improved
> >  The VM subsystem is better
> >  The scheduler has improved
> >
> >  I bought a sata disk so it was an easy decision for me :) I find
> >  2.6.4 pretty smooth and stable with ivtv - I hear quite a few
> >  stability/roughness issues with 2.4
> I have a sata disk running with FC1 on 2.4 (not a boot disk though), but
> not in production yet....
> The statements above seem to indicate the changes are geared more
> towards the backend. Are there any benefits for a frontend-only box?
> I.e. better audio/video playback?

The 2.6 kernels have lots of preemptive patches that are designed to increase 
system responsiveness. My FC2 desktop feels a bit snappier moving from one 
process to another. Its possible the frontend UI might similarly feel a bit 
snappier. I don't know if you might see improved performance of video 
decoding or not. My systems don't have any problems to speak of, so no real 
reason for me to forge ahead hoping for improvements with 2.6, though the 
frontend UI is a tad slow on an EPIA (relative to an Athlon XP or P4, 
anyhow). Even the ivtv driver is rock-solid on my 2.4 kernels, no issues to 
speak of here, but of course, ymmv...

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Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE
jcw at wilsonet.com

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