Originally Posted by thebouv
Why was it up for 430 days? Never updated the kernel, eh? Security not a concern of yours? Might want to reconsider that, but as to your question:
I've seen systems up for longer periods of time. Not everyone needs to update their kernel on a daily basis or every release, that would be a sysadmin's nightmare if that were a requirement. If it's not an exploitable kernel vulnerablity and they don't need to recompile for hardware changes as that might change once every 5 years in some production environments, there's really no need to update the kernel. This could be a setup behind on a private network for all we know. I still run 2.4.32 on my own servers, with no need to update still even. But from my experience as a system administrator, only upgrade if it will directly impact you, other than that, a production system should never be updated on a daily type basis or when a new release is out without testing first. Also in my experience, usually the latest and greatest has more unknown vulnerabilities than the older proven stable releases where they've worked out all the known bugs, etc.