Which kernel to use?

I am used to using only the latest LTS kernel from previous systems, since I have somewhat older hardware. In addition, I installed the previous LTS kernel as a fallback. Now this is no longer possible with Endeavour. So I currently have the mainline kernel (5.13) in use and the LTS kernel (5.10) as fallback. But I have to get used to this latest kernel (which I don’t really need with my old hardware). So, what would be the best solution: permanently use the LTS and ignore the mainline or permanently use the mainline kernel?

My hardware:

[therion@eos-pc ~]$ inxi -F
System:    Host: eos-pc Kernel: 5.13.12-arch1-1 x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.22.4 Distro: EndeavourOS
Machine:   Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P8H61-M LE/USB3 v: Rev x.0x serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: American Megatrends v: 0801 date: 09/26/2011
CPU:       Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-2500K bits: 64 type: MCP cache: L2: 6 MiB
Speed: 1910 MHz min/max: 1600/3700 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1910 2: 1782 3: 1626 4: 2152
Graphics:  Device-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere [Radeon RX 470/480/570/570X/580/580X/590]
driver: amdgpu v: kernel
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 driver: loaded: amdgpu,ati unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa
resolution: 2560x1440~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Radeon RX 580 Series (POLARIS10 DRM 3.41.0 5.13.12-arch1-1 LLVM 12.0.1)
v: 4.6 Mesa 21.2.1
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
Device-2: AMD Ellesmere HDMI Audio [Radeon RX 470/480 / 570/580/590] driver: snd_hda_intel
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.13.12-arch1-1 running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet driver: r8169
IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: 14:da:e9:43:4d:30
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 2.05 TiB used: 757.85 GiB (36.2%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 250GB size: 232.89 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST2000DM008-2FR102 size: 1.82 TiB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 219.02 GiB used: 34.25 GiB (15.6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
ID-2: /boot/efi size: 511 MiB used: 296 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1
Swap:      ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8.8 GiB used: 1.2 MiB (0.0%) dev: /dev/sda3
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 30.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 45.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: amdgpu fan: 912
Info:      Processes: 192 Uptime: 2h 22m Memory: 7.75 GiB used: 3.36 GiB (43.4%) Shell: Bash inxi: 3.3.05
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I always recommend using the LTS as your primary unless there is a reason not to.

Also, if you want the previous LTS kernel you can add @jonathon’s repo.


So be it then :pray:t2:


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