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Oct 29, 2000, 14:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aron Hsiao)

"The Linux 2.4 kernel hasn't been officially released yet and won't until later this year or even early next year, but if you're a user with experience compiling and installing kernels, you can get in on the testing action and help to find bugs. The latest 2.2 kernels, ripe with backports from the new 2.4 series, are also in continued testing as we speak."

Development kernels can be unstable, and compiling and installing your own kernel isn't a task for absolute Linux novices. Before working with the 2.4 kernel series, be sure to create and maintain backups of your data. If you've never compiled and installed a kernel before, a test kernel is probably not the best place for you to begin."

"The Linux kernel archive can be found at ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/. A number of mirrors are also available; to connect to a mirror, insert a two-letter country code after "ftp" in the hostname. ... Once you've connected to the kernel archive, you'll find that there are a number of important directories for those interested in testing the latest 2.4 or 2.2 kernel sources. They are summarized in this table..."

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