I decided that I needed to use the new 2.6.22 kernel. It would be very useful for me if I could suspend my computer whenever I didn't need to use it and resume it in 5 seconds whenever I needed it again. This suits my style of computer usage.
I have always used my own custom kernel all this time. It was fairly straightforward to get it done on Slackware. All I had to do is the standard:
- make clean
- make menuconfig
- make bzImage modules
So, now I have a working system suspend. The wifi drivers for Broadcom still don't work properly though. I guess that they are still working on the drivers in the development version. This is not so important at the moment as I'm using ethernet and I can always fall back on ndiswrapper to get it working.
So, the next thing that I'll do is to divorce the Linux kernel from my Kubuntu installation. I will use Kubuntu packages for everything else, except for the kernel. This allows me to always use the latest and best kernels without having to wait for the Ubuntu 6-month release cycle. I made some modifications in my custom kernel so that it would run faster for my laptop.
All is well thus far.