So is it possible to get a kernel update through the regular Mint updater
armagedon51 wrote:It's pretty much for curiosity. So is it possible to get a kernel update through the regular Mint updater ? If yes, does a bunch of stuff have to be recompile ? Is Grub affected ?
Yes, if one is ready in MintIf yes, does a bunch of stuff have to be recompile
yes, If it was a big kernel step, say from 2.6.1 to 2.6.30 (several kernel versions ahead..)one of the bigger kernel jumps was from 2.4 to 2.6, and we are heading towards 3.x.x, might not be as big of a jump (not just version #, but type and number of kernel/system changes..)
--but the distribution is unlikely to have such large jumps in versions, due to the fairly constant releases within Ubuntu, 6 month cycles for new versions (often related to new kernel versions, but not always)
Debian, on the other hand uses a rolling release, kernels are updated when necessary, and there is no new version released, just a continual updating sequence, it (Debian) is often installing newer kernel versions..Is Grub affected ?
Yes GRUB is updated to use the new kernel image being installedbut the older kernel option is retained, it is not deleted, so that you can run it/boot if the newer kernel does not work correctly
; the various kernel selections related to the GRUB menus are in /boot on the installed Linux OS
--since the kernel is not changed much between each kernel version within each distribution release, there is little to recompile apart from the kernel settings/system itself..General information for the curious..http://www.howtoforge.com/kernel_compilation_debianhttp://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers
--example of a typical kernel change/compile option..