Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 13:48:16 +0300 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: owl-users@...ts.openwall.com Subject: moving to 2.6/OpenVZ kernels Hi, This is to inform you, the Owl users, of major changes being made to Owl-current. We have finally replaced the default kernel with a 2.6 OpenVZ one, and moreover we have rebuilt all userland packages with the new kernel headers. This means that we're dropping support for Linux 2.4 kernels in Owl-current. The Owl-current packages being pushed out to FTP mirrors today might not work with 2.4 kernels anymore! Of course, we're making proper 2.6 kernel sources and patches available at the same time, but you do need to be careful to make sure you do not try to "blindly" upgrade a 2.4 kernel system to these newly rebuilt packages without also upgrading the kernel (make the kernel upgrade first!) New ISOs and a "proper" announcement will likely be available shortly. Meanwhile, you can see a more verbose/technical description of the changes in the Owl-current change log: http://www.openwall.com/Owl/CHANGES-current.shtml BTW, the new ISOs for 32-bit x86 will now make use of and require a "686" CPU and PAE (Pentium Pro and above). We feel that this matches the current demand better than our old default of "586" (and thus no PAE and no NX bit support by default). Those who do not want to upgrade their systems "like that" yet, but would like to keep the systems up-to-date with security fixes, may continue to use Owl 2.0-stable. It remains maintained (until our next release), and it still uses Linux 2.4 kernels by default (although the Owl 2.0-stable userland also runs fine with 2.6 kernels if you like). As usual, any comments are welcome. Alexander -- To unsubscribe, e-mail owl-users-unsubscribe@...ts.openwall.com and reply to the automated confirmation request that will be sent to you.
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