As the headline says, Linux kernel 2.4.35 is now ready for your viewing and poking pleasure, whatever that means…
After 6 months of careful integration and testing, I’m happy to announce availability of Linux 2.4.35.This one contains the same fixes as 188.8.131.52, plus a small set of add-ons, among which some new PCI IDs, more usb-storage unusual devs, support for high-speed USB HID, updated e1000 driver, a few watchdog updates, support for systems with no keyboard controller (mainly blades), backport of the skge and sky2 drivers from 2.6, support for the “notsc” boot option for some broken dual-core x86_64 systems with no HPET, and a the latest fixes from the LVM package.
Note that I’m very conscious that 2.4 has mostly left desktop PCs and notebooks, but it’s still commonly found on servers, route reflectors or firewalls. For this reason, I’m open to merge the small updates required to maintain such systems running (eg: PCI IDs and such), but I will generally refuse all patches which add support for new desktop or notebook-specific hardware, unless the people present very convincing arguments. Those people generally would better upgrade their systems to 2.6.
The 2.4.34.X stable branch is now closed and a new 2.4.35.X branch will open with the first next fixes. This model has proven very efficient to provide riskless fixes, especially in a situation where several weeks may pass before a patch gets tested on a production environment.
This version has been tested on x86 SMP, sparc64 SMP and alpha.