"The 2.4.x kernel packs a completely revised networking core and
support for cutting edge technology. Let's see what's new and
useful here and then move on to upgrading your system to the 2.4.x
kernel from the 2.2.x kernel that you're likely to be running."
"The Linux kernel is the heart of the operating system. It is
important that it is kept up to date and working properly for your
system to work at its optimum potential. The stable 2.4.0 kernel is
a conglomeration of patches and additions that have been made
throughout the experimental 2.3.x series of the kernel."
"Upgrading from 2.0.x to 2.2.x had been a tricky affair as many
of the supporting tools had to be upgraded before the kernel could
be compiled and booted into. Fortunately this time, the transition
from 2.2.x to 2.4.x is simpler, assuming that your system was 2.2.x
ready. Since the 2.4.x kernel is a hefty 23mb download, it would be
worthwhile reading over the improvements and changes that have been
made to the kernel to find out whether or not you really need
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