[arch-dev-public] glibc and minimum kernel version
allan at archlinux.org
Sat Dec 11 10:49:45 EST 2010
I am in the progress of updating the toolchain and thought it time to
review what our minimum required kernel version is for glibc.
For those that do not know, assuming a newer kernel allows glibc to have
less workarounds compiled in. So it may be advantagous to have a more
recent version as the minimum required. This comes at the obvious cost
of not having support for older kernels so a tradeoff is needed... When
we discussed this 18 months ago, it was decided 2.6.18 was appropraite
then, but much has changed since.
I am going to suggest that we follow the oldest longterm support kernel.
That would now be the 2.6.27.x series, which has been around for over
That might be being overly bold, so feel free to point out how much such
an update would break... and suggest an alternative minimum.
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