Although kernel 2.4.1 is less than a week old, the first beta kernel is already out: 2.4.2-pre1. As always, this kernel is not only suitable for the i386 platform but for any platform.
The changes are not very big, so they may only be of interest to those who have a direct interest in them. The VIA chipset driver update in particular can be of interest, as can the ne2k-pci update (especially for people who – like me – work with network cards based on the Realtek RTL8029 chip).
Patching the kernel is not foolproof and can make your system unstable, so think before you start! Finally, here’s the complete changelog:
XMM: don’t allow illegal mxcsr values
ACPI: handle non-existent battery strings gracefully
Compaq Smart Array driver update
Kanoj Sarcar: serial console hardware flow control support
ide-cs: revert toc-valid cache checking in 2.4.1
Vojtech Pavlik: update via82cxxx driver to handle the vt82c686
raid5 graceful failure handling fix
ne2k-pci: enable device before asking the irq number
sis900 driver update
riva FB driver update
fix silly inode hashing pessimization
add SO_ACCEPTCONN for SuS
remove modinfo hack workaround, all newer modutils do it correctly
datagram socket shutdown fix
mark process as running when it takes a page fault
In addition, just a comment that I on Freshmeat found:
Mainly a number of small details and some driver updates. The socket datagram handling one is important, and has already been posted separately on linux-kernel. The VIA driver update is rather important if you have one of the newer VIA chipsets.