Why to upgrade the linux kernel?

Aly S.P Dharshi aly.dharshi at uleth.ca
Tue Apr 16 16:09:00 CDT 2002

Hello Tarun,

    I think that there are a great number of reasons that you may want to
upgrade to a better kernel, the stock kernel may have some bugs, updated
drivers for certain devices, maybe they have found a way to make a certain
thing work efficiently in the kernel. Some people prefer to build their own
kernel as they believe that they can get a whole bunch of things out that
they don't use letting them have a kernel that is smaller, faster and suited
to their needs.

    If you are on RedHat Linux type the up2date -l to list all the packages
available for upgrading on your machine, the kernel is not updated by
default but if you do a update -u -f it will also upgrade your kernel to the
latest one.



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