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I got to thinking about this yesterday. Occasionally you see here in the forums about how sometimes a kernel update doesn't work in someone's computer, due to it being an older machine. My computer is going on being 5 years old. What I'm wondering about is at what stage does one have to start being concerned about new kernels no longer working. I'm assuming there is no hard and fast rule on this due to the many different systems (motherboards?) out there.
Last edited by Schultz on Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.
It's not a time-based thing. Sometimes support for certain hardware (features), architectures, etc. is dropped for lack of maintainers, nobody using it, etc. Running mainstream hardware you likely won't have to worry about it during the lifetime of said hardware.
I'm guessing my hardware is pretty mainstream?gm10 wrote:
Running mainstream hardware you likely won't have to worry about it during the lifetime of said hardware.
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Machine: Device: desktop System: ASUS product: All Series Mobo: ASUSTeK model: H81M-C v: Rev X.0x BIOS: American Megatrends v: 0804 date: 05/16/2014 CPU: Dual core Intel Pentium G3220 (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 11971 clock speeds: max: 3000 MHz 1: 888 MHz 2: 1019 MHz
Lately it's more than occasional, support for old hardware is being cut at kernel level like mad lately. It certainly affects Mint 19. How old a computer should you worry about? Hard to say exactly but I'd guess 8 years.
That's just what happens when you attempt monolithic driver support, the mainstream stays and third party falls away over time.... a giant weak side to linux which is partially fixed with sideloading some drivers but there is no proper "institutional" way of doing this yet. Similar to old hardware needing eol versions of windows old hardware needs old kernels.... you have unavoidable tradeoffs.
I happen to use (by coincidence) Linux-friendly brand laptops, so my old computers (including the one bought in 2007) still work.
If you're looking for a greener Linux pasture, you won't find any that is greener than Linux Mint. ;)