I have read a lot about the firmware upgrade recently and until now assume that the upgrade process has more downsides than upsides. Nevertheless I see people writing about their switch, so there has to be a substantial experience with it by now. Therefore my question(s):
What is your experience after the upgrade (and all necessary after-work to enable all those disabled features).
Does the upgrade really improve something?
Otherwise we probably should put a big sign somewhere on the 'Home' page for all to avoid it. *OR* we should do the opposite: a big sign to encourage the upgrade along with detailed instructions to the said after-work.
What do you think?
I am no performance freak, so I don't really care if the upgrade made anything faster. So all told I gained nothing from upgrading.
Having said that I don't think we should be telling people to avoid the update though, that is their own decision. We should try to thoroughly document any of the changes we do find in the wiki and let people try to make an informed choice. I started a new firmware page but I haven't had time to make any substantial additions I'd encourage people to make small additions where possible.
After a second thought I agree with you, that a general recommendation would be a stupid thing. I had just in mind all the people who are relatively new to unix and probably don't fully understand what it means, that they are left without nfs and gcc afterwards. But on the other hand, they most probably don't need it either.
I have added a general precautions section to the Firmware 2.00.15 page and also a link to it from Hacks & Tutorials where I try to make it clear, that the upgrade process is not an easy one. Could you please look at it and edit it where necessary?
Does anyone know why the 2.00.15 has an performance increase ?
Does it really? It's the first time I'm hearing about it. That's exactly what I wanted to know. Do you have some figures to prove that the firmware upgrade provides a performance increase? Because this would be possibly a reason for me to upgrade.