upgrade the kernel manually
Hi, the proxy of my job block all trafic generated by apt-get, so I can't get to the repos and update my system, the way I do upgrades is to seek the packages at packages.debian.org and then download them from the repos, doing this way sometimes is harder because of problem dependences but after fix them all works.
But at his moment I need to update my kernel (currently 2.6.17), my questions are:
1. is there another way to do the process automatically but without use apt-get? (I've tried several ways of configure it, with the proxy information, user, password and nothing)
2. If I choose to download the packages and install them with dpkg, is there a risk to crash my all system and even get a kernel panic?
3. if something goes wrong, like problem dependences for example, will I be able to work at least in console mode?
4. what are the packages necessary to update my kernel, at least tell me the most important