Is it safe to update Kernel on Mint 17.2?

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renzor
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Is it safe to update Kernel on Mint 17.2?

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It seems the current kernel is 3.16 but the latest stable that's out is 4.15 which has quite a few improvements and security fixes. Is it dangerous to update or would it be possible to update this as smoothly as any other program installation?

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Re: Is it safe to update Kernel on Mint 17.2?

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One thing I love about Linux in general is the attitude, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I've got Mint 17.2 with the 3.16.0-38 kernel dialed in beautifully. I'm loving how perfectly everything works right now and dread the idea of updating the kernel. There would have to be some major increase in capabilities of a new kernel or some urgent fix for security to get me to even consider it.

I was a BlackBerry user for 10+ years, and for a number of those years I felt an almost pathological need to update my device to whatever the latest OS version was available. But every time, something got improved/fixed while something else got broken. Life on the bleeding edge can be painful, and eventually I just grew out of the need to be there. Now I love what just plain works. :mrgreen:
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Re: Is it safe to update Kernel on Mint 17.2?

Post by Aceoky »

I agree with the old adage "IF it ain't broken don't keep fixing it until it is broken"
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