I'm running the 2.6.6 kernel right now. I can update to 2.6.8 pretty easily though, I'll just have to recompile video driver support.
A couple of questions about the format, when you say reiser is less stable than ext3, does that mean that the system is suddenly going to start crashing all the time, or does it just mean that the machine is going to not recover as easily when it's shut down unexpectedly or something odd happens?
Is there any way to change the format of my partitions without reinstalling everything? I'd desperately like to avoid doing that if at all possible.
Thanks again for all your help...
1) Well, ReiserFS has had its share of "horror stories" in that some people find that using Reiser has caused their machines to crap out. However, I was running ReiserFS on my Gentoo box for like a whole year and not a single crash nor did it crap out. XFS is a great Filesystem if you're willing to risk it. Why? Because XFS aggresively uses RAM as a temp buffer (IIRC) so while it is fast, a sudden power failure can cause the system to go corrupt.
FYI, ReiserFS is better since it uses smaller cluster sizes (1K, IIRC) and is more robust than ext3. I use ReiserFS on my Laptop and on my Server ( / uses ReiserFS, hdb and hdd use XFS from a previous install). Like kkith said, there's really not a whole lot of substantial evidences to prove that ReiserFS is necessarily worse off than ext3. Just go and use ReiserFS and you'll be fine.
And like I said, 2.6.8 is a really robust kernel, BTW.
2) As far as formatting, you're out of luck. You have to backup your data and start all over again. However, all is not lost, when you do reformat you'll get a really up to date system with a new filesystem. You're better off, IMHO