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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Upgrading the kernel in Debian GNU/Linux

The latest stable kernel is 2.6.17.6
To check your current kernel version

uname -a



Upgrading the Linux kernel to 2.6.17.6 (the latest)

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




Reboot. As Grub starts, you should see the latest 2.6.17.6 kernel version listed in the boot options! You are now using the latest kernel!