[arch-dev-public] glibc and minimum kernel version

Ionuț Bîru ibiru at archlinux.org
Sat Dec 11 11:12:45 EST 2010

On 12/11/2010 05:49 PM, Allan McRae wrote:
> Hi,
> 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
> two years.
> That might be being overly bold, so feel free to point out how much such
> an update would break... and suggest an alternative minimum.
> Allan

all companies that sell openvz vps use 2.6.18 kernel. I have one and i 
would prefer to minimal kernel version to be the same.


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