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Old 03-10-2003, 09:29 PM   #1
kublador
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when is it necessary to update the kernel?


when is it necessary to update the kernel?
do we really need to update it?
but when?

i have another question....
for example.... there is a new kernel release called "kernel version 4"
im using "kernel version 1"
do i need to update my kernel from version 1 to version 2....
then version 2 to version 3.....
then version 3 to version 4?

how does the kernel affect the system / system performance?
thank you
 
Old 03-10-2003, 09:47 PM   #2
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so far, the kernel version is 2.4.x for stable and 2.5.x for dev.

usually, you compile the kernel after install so you only get what you need. After that, a update is usually unecessary unless the current kernel has problems with your hardware, or the new version has something you would like to try (or can't live w/o). If nothing of the sort comes to mind, its prolly not worth the effort
 
Old 03-10-2003, 09:54 PM   #3
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if your using patches, you have to do each in order, less to download that way. if you d/l the full source, you can jump to any version you want
 
Old 03-11-2003, 09:20 AM   #4
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If you're new, don't bother with recompiling the kernel. It's generally not necessary, and it's easier to have it upgraded when you upgrade your distro.
 
Old 03-11-2003, 12:58 PM   #5
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hmmmm
if i plan to download a linux kernel..
what is the average size of the kernels? (in Mb)
 
Old 03-11-2003, 02:56 PM   #6
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The full download for 2.4.20 will run 26MB for the .bz2 and 33MB for the .gz . The different filetypes are just different compression schemes. Modern distros are usually set up to be able to uncompress either.
 
  


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