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Old 06-09-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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kernel upgrade


i'm trying learn linux better.
Target running it on an old machine,not internet connected,witha cd-rom drive etc..
i have already opened a thred on this forum and i receiced a positive feedback.
i will download a recent light linux distro
in the mean time i installled an old mandriva 2006 with kernel 2.6.12-12mdk
and i have some trouble wiht 2 drivers....i'm trying to fix
the new question is.....

lilo boot manager...that point to the above kernel....
i can copy an updated mandriva kernel source and compile it.
Then i have to instsall the compiled kernel aside to the old one, giving to lilo.conf
the second boot option,up to now i ..... hope to be able to perform.

the question is:
loading the new kernel,then, all the intalled programs (all rpms) will function ?
(i cross fingers...)
this will be useful also for the kernels keep insde a lot of new devices driver and improvements.

Thanks in advance for the help

Old 06-09-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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You need to install a supported OS since you won't be able to get updates.
Old 06-10-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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Hi Eddy

Please confirm me,if i it is correct:

If i install a supportes Os then i will able to download a new kernel withhout problems ?
I see you work on debian....
now debian is at 7.somethings ....i think
what does it means if i install the current debian:
i will be able to update kernel without problems...until debian will swtitch to release 8.0 ?
thanks in advance

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Compiling your own kernel is not necessary if you accept that several distributions - such as Ubuntu or Fedora - use a package management system to upgrade all your installed applications AND your kernel.

If you wanted to actually compile your own kernel for educational or optimization purposes, then you're going to need to keep doing research.

If you do install something like Ubuntu or Fedora, those will check for updates every once in a while, download the updates, and apply them.


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