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For using apt-get you should check /etc/apt/sources.list for an entry that will contain your kernel image. (man sources.list if you don't know how to use it).
Please note that the kernel image installation probably won't do everything for you, but it won't damage (in my opinion) what you already have. So it's safe to try an installation. Also the kernel there is compiled to be flexible to user needs, but you might have problems with it. After kernel installation there might be programs that don't work anymore in whcih case you will need to upgrade.
i am using redhat and strugling with upgrading kernal. my linux version is
7.2 with default 2.4.7-10 kernal and want to upgrade it in 2.4.18-3,
but with tar file format i totaly faild or may i dont know proper procedure of upgradeing kernal in tar format.
then i download rpm its also faild .
if some know full anf proper methord of upgrading kernal in any file i will download relevent file format , please guied me step by step
Well, originally I used a Sarge installer snapshot but I had already upgraded the system to Sid before I attempted the kernel upgrade. Just thought to mention that I use Sid because I'm not sure if 2.6.x kernel-images are yet in Sarge or Woody. Anyway, what impressed me was how easy it is to upgrade kernel from 2.4.x series to 2.6.x and to get it i686 optimized. No need to compile or anything! Some other distros could really learn from Debian. And because 'kernel-image-2.6-686' is a kind of 'meta-package' for the latest kernel in 2.6.x series, I'll expect that a simple 'apt-get dist-upgrade' will ensure that I'll always have the latest kernel from Sid repositories.
kernel 2.6 has been in sarge/testing for a few days...maybe a few months... it has been there quite on time. I wouldn't upgrade the kernel via apt-get but compile it. Once you've done it once, it takes five minutes to ensure you have what you need and according to your pc speed, it compiles.
A kernel is always configured for a hardware or particular needs, sometimes all the options you need are there for your system to work, sometimes no. It is a generic configuration to ensure MOST systems will work. If i have a rare network card, i might have to recompile...