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Old 06-19-2005, 12:57 PM   #1
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Risk in updating kernel thru Yast?

I am running Suse 9.1 with the latest kernel update provided thru Yast, which is 2.6.5-7.155.29-default

I'm having USB problems which might be fixed by updating to the very latest kernel available, i.e. 2.6.12-rc3 (which includes a certain patch relevant to my machine).

1. The latest kernel RPM I can find is 2.6.8.something, which is in the Yast source directory for Suse 9.3. Does anyone know if RPMs of the very latest kernels exist? I don't really feel up to the ordeal of compiling from source...

2. Would there be a danger in updating to a kernel which is more recent than the one provided for the version of Suse being used? I'm guessing that Suse provides kernel 2.6.5-7 for Suse 9.1 (and not a more recent kernel) for a reason, right?

All ideas appreciated.
Old 06-20-2005, 05:49 AM   #2
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You cannot install a kernel from 9.3 via YaST. Anyway, you should not do it. Some hardware related changes have been made since 9.1, so it won't run anymore.

Through YaST online update you can get security updates and bugfixes, but not major version updates.

But what you can do is compile a kernel yourself. It is not such a big problem. I am running the vanilla kernel on a 9.1 system right now without any problems.
Old 06-20-2005, 07:41 PM   #3
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Thanks abisko. Still trying to solve USB puzzle, I guess I'll get there eventually.


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