Ubuntu 9.04 Will NOT Ship With The Linux 2.6.29 Kernel
Phoronix: Ubuntu 9.04 Will NOT Ship With The Linux 2.6.29 Kernel
Ubuntu 9.04, the next Linux operating system release due out by Canonical in April, will not be shipping with the Linux 2.6.29 kernel like many had hoped for. The feature freeze for the Jaunty Jackalope is not until next week and the Linux 2.6.29 kernel will certainly be released by April (right now it's at -rc4 stage), but Canonical's kernel team has decided to stick with using the current Linux 2.6.28 stable series. The Linux 2.6.28 kernel was released back in December, but the 2.6.29 kernel is introducing mainline support for Btrfs, Intel kernel mode-setting support, and various other new features...
I see no real reason to use 2.6.29 right now. In order to let an os install the kernel has to support the hd controller, everything else like some sound problems or lan could be solved with a later update. Well most lan adapters should also work with 2.6.28 - a very new Asrock G31M-GS onboard nic (r8169) needs for example 2.6.28 to work. But when the system is installed, just compile whatever kernel you want to use if you are not satisfied. Just don't forget about the initrd when root=UUID=... is used -> update-initramfs -c -k KERNEL_VER.
I've been using 2.6.29 on F10 (they already have test packages) due to wifi problems, and looked like a great kernel to me. Not sure the Ubuntu folks really know what they are doing kernel wise, of course
I was looking forward to new and shiny :-) ... but don't know the pros/cons one way or the other so can't judge. (I am looking forward to all the great graphic advances of late both on Intel's side and Gallium3d to making their way into the wild)
What a pitty.. i would really liked to see .29 in 9.04, because .28 has a Bug , so that my whole USB Bus freezes, when i use USB mass storgage devices. And this is fixed in .29, which im using allready with 8.10