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Old 11-19-2010, 04:39 AM   #1
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Hi All,
There Is a new version of fedora [14] and as i don't want to install or upgrade to new version,
is the new version, all about the new kernel,i mean what if i just update the my kernel[2.6.3.....fc13] to the newest one,
what would i miss if i just install the new kernel [not fedora 14]?
is it right to do! Or even possible?!
thanks in advance
Old 11-19-2010, 04:45 AM   #2
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Well in theory its possible to install the latest kernel on Fedora 13 or older, however, almost guaranteed this will break most of the applications you have installed - as these have been customised to use the older kernel.

I would install F14 if I were you, rather than just upgrading the kernel on F13. Configuration wise you're going to have a lot of headaches installing a kernel not supported for F13.
Old 11-19-2010, 04:46 AM   #3
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If your kernel is a 2.6.3.x you are probably going to face quite a few issues because that kernel is really old. From memory:
  • migration from the old IDE/ATA interface to the new SATA/PATA one, fstab and your boot loader will have to be fixed
  • probably some userland and init issues related to udev vs. devfs
  • driver issues, don't expect most closed source drivers to work with your new kernel, you will manually need to upgrade them if your fedora release doesn't support this

Probably someone that's more knowledgeable about Fedora will be able to help better than me.
Old 11-19-2010, 05:01 AM   #4
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udev will definitely be an issue.
Old 11-19-2010, 11:59 AM   #5
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If your kernel is a 2.6.3.x
Don't worry its a 2.6.3x. on Fedora13... and udev is there from a while.
To answer to the poster, you can install by hand a new kernel but imho it's not so revelant. I've you ever tried "preupgrade"? It always works for me.


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