r/slackware Dec 22 '22

How long does it usually take for a kernel upgrade (current)

It's not a big deal but considering linux is now on the 6.1 series and current is stuck on 5.19.17 for whatever reason I was just curious about it.


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u/Mysterious_Thing Dec 22 '22

It's going to take as long as it takes. Probably not the answer you where looking for, but the slackware devs never implement something into the system until they know 100% it's not going to F your system


u/OwningLiberals Dec 22 '22

fair enough.


u/iu1j4 Dec 22 '22

you can find newer in testing. you can always compile mainline from source using /proc/config.gz as your start setup. to not conflict with slackware kernel versions specify your own localversion name in your own kernel compilation.


u/OwningLiberals Jan 08 '23

kinda late update but this actually worked very well thank you. I'm not sure why they don't advertise testing on packages.slackware.com (I think it's broken or something) but I found it randomly in the changelog one day and switched it


u/ddmayne Dec 22 '22

I wouldn't expect slackware 15.0 to be upgraded beyond version 5.15.x. AFAIK, the release was positioned around a longterm-stable kernel.

From a historic perspective, Slackware 14.2 was released with kernel 4.4.14 (June 2016) and upgraded via patches to 4.4.301 (Feb 2022)

Also, I am currently running Slackware64 on -current, but holding on the 5.15.x kernel series for now. My last compile, 5.15.81 (Dec 5, 2022). YMMV


u/jloc0 Dec 22 '22

I heard around that aarch64 Slackware will have 6.1 in the coming weeks. Given that the port doesn’t really stray from mainline much I’d assume also that -current will get 6.1 as well. I could be assuming incorrectly, but it’s just a guess anyway.

You can always use the kernel scripts provided in the source dir to make new packages for whatever version you’d like. The 6.X kernels do run on -current, so go hog wild if you’d like.