Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 06:57:50 +0400 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: owl-users@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Owl and Kernel 2.4 On Fri, Aug 31, 2001 at 09:04:28AM +0700, Jundi wrote: Hi, > I think Owl Linux is very similiar to OpenBSD in BSD world. > > But not ready for kernel v2.4 yet. At least modutils and e2fsprog aren't > fulfill kernel v2.4 requirements. You're right. > Public opinion says the v2.4 of linux kernel more robust (performance) than > v2.2. I share that also. The difference is hardly noticeable with most practical uses. > At last, is there possibilities to use v2.4 on Owl? Not yet (unless you update the relevant packages yourself, of course, in which case it won't be official Owl). You'll have to wait a few kernel revisions more. For us, the significant difference between 2.2 and 2.4 at the moment is that I haven't reviewed 2.4 kernels for my usual set of potential security issues, yet. I did that to 2.2 between 2.2.9 and 2.2.13, and as you could have noticed this has resulted in 2.2.13 fixing quite a few security issues. I have no reasons to expect 2.4 is in a much better condition now. We've already seen several security fixes that were applied to 2.2 over a year ago still missing in recent 2.4's and finally getting applied just now. The ELF loader integer signedness and overflow issues are a recent example. We had them fixed back with 2.2.14-ow2 (January, 2000) and 2.2.15+. Now someone re-discovered them still not fixed in 2.4 this July. > I need this to be able read my raiserfs (v3.6) partitions and better > support for my latest hardware. That I can understand. I avoid using reiserfs, though. -- /sd
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