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Old 02-03-2005, 02:33 AM   #1
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new kernel


is there any way i can just apt-get a new kernel, without having to recompile it and all? and if i do that, do i need to remove the old one, or just modify my boot loader? thanks!
 
Old 02-03-2005, 06:04 AM   #2
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Yes, you can do that. First run 'apt-cache search kernel-image' to get a list of available kernels, see which one fits your box and run 'apt-get install kernel-image-2.X.X.X-CPU_type'. No need to remove the old one unless you want to. And the bootloader should detetct automatically which versions are avilable so you can choose one at startup.
 
Old 02-05-2005, 12:09 PM   #3
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That's provided your config is standard enough to not need kernel recompiling.

I think recompiling kernel is a good exercise. And you actually only need to config it once. You can then copy the .config from your kernel-source directory to the newer kernel-source directory. That will bring all your config over to the newer source. (Try to always use the debian way to compile kernel - in the sticky topic in this forum - to avoid problems)

Compiling kernel yourself is good because you can make the kernel slimmer and, thus, usually faster... =)
 
Old 02-05-2005, 05:12 PM   #4
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Compiling kernel yourself is good because you can make the kernel slimmer and, thus, usually faster... =)
By faster do you mean that it boots faster or that the system is faster and applications are loaded faster (or both)?

I'm dual-booting WinXP and Debian sarge (Gnome), and I hate to tell that on Window$ the applications are launched much faster - I'm not talking about the boot process but on starting an application (by double clicking it's launcher...).


Any ideas?
 
Old 02-05-2005, 05:33 PM   #5
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By faster I mean both plus the applications run faster, which is the most important thing.

Although sometime, applications load slower in linux, they run faster overall. ie. The slow speed of launch is being offset by the fast running speed as you're using the application. If you really2 want something that's super fast, forget about KDE or Gnome, and use windows manager (WM) like icewm or XFCE. They'll definitely be much2 faster. But they might look very different from WinXP or KDE or Gnome. But if you can get use to it...

www.icewm.org www.xfce.org

You can install them in debian by, (I think)

# apt-get install icewm

or

# apt-get install xfce
 
Old 02-06-2005, 01:30 AM   #6
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Oh yes I have xfce installed, and it's really great, but it doesn't seem to be much faster in launching apps.

I have a very strong machine, so fancy GUI is not an issue (it isn't on window$...).
 
  


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