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KernelTrap: HowTo Install Andrew Morton's -mm Kernel

Sep 23, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In a couple of earlier articles, we walked through the process of upgrading to the 2.6.0-test4 kernel, and then using a small patch to upgrade to the 2.6.0-test5 kernel. Today we'll continue our patching efforts to upgrade to an even faster feeling and more stable kernel with Andrew Morton's -mm patchset.

"Andrew Morton began releasing his -mm kernel patches a little over a year ago, in the summer of 2002. The -mm tree began as a 90k patch against the 2.5.17 development kernel, merging in the remote kernel debugger, kgdb. By the release of 2.5.18, the -mm patchset had grown to nearly 238k, merging in a wide assortment of fixes and new functionality. As of this writing, the current -mm patchset is 2.6.0-test5-mm3, weighing in at nearly 5 megabytes. Andrew's -mm tree has evolved from a testing ground for numerous new technologies, to a comprehensive patchset that is usually more stable than the mainline 2.6.0-test kernel itself. This bodes well for the future of the 2.6 kernel, as Andrew Morton will soon be the official 2.6 kernel maintainer..."

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