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edge 15th September 2006 13:07

Updating 2.6.8-3-686-smp to 2.6.17.13?
 
Not sure if this can be done an easy way, and if it's wise to do!

On http://www.kernel.org/ they are saying that the latest stable version of the Linux kernel is: 2.6.17.13

I'm now using 2.6.8-3-686-smp with my Debian server!
Can I update this to the 2.6.17.13 version, and if so.. will it automatically be a -686-smp version (me think not)

I've done kernel update, but only with apt-get install kernel-image-2....
How would you do an update from www.kernels.org?

pablito 15th September 2006 14:41

I don't know Debian but if their prebuilt kernels are very recent they are usually "back ported" with fixes from newer kernels.

However if you want to compile from the raw source from kernel.org you will have to compile it yourself. This has the benefit of allowing you to customize it for your machine, only compiling the parts you really need and other goodies and options you might want. The prebuilt kernels from distros are more generic so they will work on a variety of machines and CPUs. Custom built ones are leaner and meaner.

So yes, building the kernel yourself can be 686SMP specific if you choose the right options during the build. It can be a daunting process at first but worth learning. Google for tons of help files and documents about doing this. the 2.6 versions use a more streamlined process than older versions so don't be put off by instructions for the older versions.

Ben 15th September 2006 17:40

Sure you can switch but you have to configure it your own.

Normally Debian as well as the other distros don't have the same version number than the actual one but the include bugfixes especially on security issues their own...


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