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Kernel Upgrade?

Dear All,

Is it possible to change the Linux kernel in a Debian installation without 
having to do a complete reinstall?

I have e version ok Knoppix to hand so I'm feeling quite brave.  I read a 
vague report that the kernel is just an ordinary file in some specific 
location, and it's possible to copy the old kernel to a backup directory 
for safe keeping, put a new kernel in said specific location, reboot and 

Finally, is there anything I should be aware of before changing the
kernel?  The only reason prompting me to change the kernel is that I have
a bit of software the documentation of which states that the kernel should
be v2.4 or later.  For instance, does a change in kernel usually go hand
in hand with changing some other part of a system?


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