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dumb question about upgrading the kernel and SATA disks....

Dear Debian folks,

I am running Sarge 3.1 r4 on a 1200MHz AMD Duron chip.  I have 256MB of RAM.

Linux spc1-burn4-0-0-cust262 2.4.27-2-386 #1 Wed Aug 17 09:33:35 UTC 2005 i686 GNU/Linux

uname says that I am running the 2.4.27-2 kernel. During the installation the installer decided to use this kernel not 2.6.8. The reason for this flashed by screen rather quickly but maybe it was some hardware issue.....

What would be a good way to check this out? I am interested to upgrade the kernel because I am interested to install a SATA hard drive and some of them might prefer to be installed with a 2.6 kernel if I understand it correctly.

Does anyone know what the latest kernel currently is? Where does one download it from? I looked on the web for guides to installing it and found that the instructions instructions on this are quite varied.

Here is one example.....

apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.17-6-686 kernel-source-2.6.17 kernel-headers-2.6.17-6-686
cd /usr/src
tar xjvf kernel-source-2.6.17.tar.bz2
rm linux
ln -s kernel-source-2.6.17 linux

Where would I find a guide that you feel is kosher?


Michael Fothergill

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