Originally posted by LooseCanon
Also for Chinaman and others,
don't get the newest kernel at www.kernel.org !! If you get it there, then you'll have to compile your own kernel. If you want an update for RH9 or other versions go to redhat's site and get a pre-compiled rpm - just need to install it - no need to make your own version of a kernel!!!
That's why I quit using RedHat, and started using Debian. RH is as bloated as Windoze, and for the same reason. It is commercial software, and they want it to work with very many comps right out of the box. But unlike Windoze, especially XP, you still have much work to do with RH to get the applications and hardware to work properly.
The reason to compile your own kernel is to get rid of things you don't need so that the system will run more efficiently. For instance, my PC has only one CD-ROM, but the RH kernel has support for many CD-ROM's. I won't waste my time finding out just how many.
When you "go to redhat's site and get a pre-compiled rpm," meaning a newer version, all you've done is get a more bloated kernel. The newer version has support for more hardware. If you have one CPU, one hard drive, one display adapter, one CD-ROM, one floppy disk, one keyboard, one mouse, one monitor, one modem, one nic, one sound card, etc. -- please answer me this ->
Why do you run your computer with support for everyone else's hardware?
RH = MS, Jr.
Try compiling your own kernel, and learn the REAL power of *nix. It will surprise you, especially if you've been using nothing but a RH pre-compiled kernel. If you know about your hardware, it's really not that difficult.
Originally posted by jaem
i wont use the apt yet until someone tells me how to use it to upgrade only the packages that i want. and on how to use it to upgrade my kernel.
apt-get install <package name> is the way it works for me using Debian. Don't know if that works for RH. You should ask in the new RH forum if you still have the question. Unlike the RH rpm system, apt solves all the dependency problems.