Re: Kernel Upgrade?
Is it possible to change the Linux kernel in a Debian installation without
having to do a complete reinstall?
It seems that most responses to this thread have been of the "here's how
you compile a kernel" type.
No No No No No.
Compiling a kernel is a great thing to do; lots of education involved.
But if you just need a newer kernel and aren't ready for that education,
just apt-get install a newer binary kernel. For most purposes, a
pre-built binary kernel will suffice. I mean, you're using one now and
doing pretty well with it, right?
The Stable packages page at Debian.org seems to be inaccessible to me at
the moment, so I can't double-check, but I'm pretty certain that Stable
has a 2.4 kernel available.
Just run "apt-cache search kernel-image" to see what kernel images are
Once you find the one you want, say "kernel-image-2.4.18-1-686", you can
install it with the command "apt-get install kernel-image-2.4.18-1-686".
Assuming nothing goes wrong (run out of partition space, etc), the
kernel should install, configure lilo, and be all set for a reboot. Once
you reboot, you should be running your new kernel.
Now I may be wrong that it'll all go easy on a Stable system (I run Sid
on most of my boxes), but I'm pretty confident this will work.