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Old 01-10-2014, 11:26 AM   #1
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Question Kernel upgrades for Opensuse 13.1

I have three computers running various Linux distributions including one which I installed Opensuse 13.1 back in November 2013. Since then I have had quite a few software updates but no kernel updates? My other two computers (running Fedora 19 and 20) seem to have kernel updates rather frequently, but none for my Opensuse box? I tried to research this issue via Google but have been unable to find anything regarding this issue.

What am I missing here, folks ?

Old 01-10-2014, 05:53 PM   #2
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I'm not really sure whether this is an answer, but for openSUSE the policy is that version that you get initially is the version that you keep for the life of the release, except
  • if there are security issues
  • if there are other major issues that absolutely need fixing
In general, I would guess that this amounts to one or two kernel updates over the 8 months that a version is the 'latest and greatest' and before it is superseded by a subsequent version.

This is not 'rolling release' and it isn't 'a new kernel has come out with new, cool, stuff, let's compile it and make the package available' - that's what a new release is for.
Old 01-10-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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for opensuse
su -
zypper update
fedora has kernel updates about every week

opensuse is a bit more conservative
while there are updates they are security updates and they have to be tested FIRST

and they are backports to the kernel major version that is in 13.1

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Old 01-11-2014, 11:10 AM   #4
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Smile Kernel upgrades for Opensuse 13.1

Thanks guys

I am not a linux newbie, but its been a long time since I ran Opensuse
Old 01-23-2014, 03:57 PM   #5
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There has not been an up-date to the kernel packages yet for opensuse 13.1. Although as explained above these will only be security updates.

If you want to update to the latest kernel (13.3) you can do so from:


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