[mythtv-users] linux updates suck

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Sat Sep 8 23:02:53 UTC 2007

aaron wrote:
> On 9/8/07, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
>> Obviously you pretty much need a 2.6 kernel for current Myth releases
>> though, so you have to put up with potential trouble if you upgrade it.
> Just curious, why is that? Do you mean the pre-built distros (Kubuntu,
> MythDora, etc?) or are you referring to features in Myth itself
> requiring 2.6 kernels?
> I just ask because I'm happily running my Myth box on 2.4.27 right now
> (haven't updated anything on the system besides Myth in ages) and am
> not having any problems. In fact, in my experience disk IO tends to be
> faster on 2.4 than 2.6. Although that's entirely empirical.
> I just don't think I can upgrade my IVTV or nVidia drivers anymore...
> but the versions I'm using seem to work well enough for me...

I was thinking of just those items, IVTV and the nVidia drivers, as well
as the Go7007 drivers for the Plextor devices and some of the DVB stuff.

Also, support for some of the more exotic filesystems is far better in
the recent kernels, as is the USB/FW subsystem support.

The scheduling and VM systems are purported to be better as well.

I haven't actually tried some of the above-mentioned stuff on 2.4
kernels, but it seems to be the "conventional wisdom" that what I said
is true. I'd certainly welcome any empirical data that supports or
contradicts my information.

If it's working, leave it alone :-)


More information about the mythtv-users mailing list