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eagle0669 08-08-2001 09:18 PM

unstable kernel?
 
ok i am going to start this by saying just what i have read on other sites... I have read that the second number that discribes the kernel tells if it is stable or not. well i was looking around my system and it said the version was 2.17.23 (the 23 i am not 7sure of but i know the 2.17 is right) could this be why i am having the problems i am having? and if so how can i upgrade to a stable kernel?

THanx in advance
Have a wonderful day
Jeff

cauchy 08-08-2001 09:28 PM

That can't be right!
 
I'm pretty sure the latest kernel is 2.4.7, so your number would be a little high... but either way, an even second number indicates a stable release.

By the way, you shouldn't have to look around too much to figure out what version you're using - just type 'uname -r'.

cauchy

eagle0669 08-08-2001 09:52 PM

ok thanx i might have ben wrong on that. and i wasnt "looking" for it i just found it lol i will go back and see what it is. thanx again :)

eagle0669 08-08-2001 10:32 PM

ok my mistake:S
 
ok i was part right, the version i have is 2.2.17. how hard is it to upgrade to the latest version? and is it a good idea to do so?
thanksya

isajera 08-09-2001 02:21 AM

whether or not to upgrade kinda depends on what you want to do with your system. if you have some features, like usb, that you want to use, then upgrading would probably be a good idea, since usb support is much better on the 2.4 branch than on the 2.2 branch. but, unless you're looking for something specific to add to or upgrade on your system, then you're probably fine with the older kernel.

also, if you have a 2.2.17-???? kernel, then upgrading might be a good idea. many times, distro's have thier own specially-modified kernels, but i've heard of people having a lot of trouble with those.

eagle0669 08-09-2001 08:26 AM

ok... lets say i do want to upgrade kernels...is that a relatively easy thing to do? or should i just wait until i can get a copy of mandrake 8.0 and go that route? which one is the easist for a newbie like me?
thx again
have a great day

trickykid 08-09-2001 08:29 AM

you might want to check out this thread, i put my opinion or easiest way in on getting a new kernel upgrade on how about getting the kernel installed.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...&threadid=5225
well, for newbies, i think its good to learn and get a hang of it... cause your gonna do it in the future most likely. but yeah, depending on what your doing with your system.. sometimes there might not ever be a reason for someone to update their kernel.

eagle0669 08-09-2001 09:17 AM

hey there thanx that helped a lot. I tried looking for it thru the forums but guess i looked so long my eyes went cross on me yaknow how it is lol. well thanx aagain. BTW I have a nw mandrake 8.0 disk and a few other goodies ordered so that i can install it on my new computer whenever that happens:) that way i can start with a "fresh" disk just in case u r right and i overused the disks i have lol
have a great day


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