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Keep my linux up to date..

I've just installed Redhat linux 5.0 with kernel 2.0.31 on my computer. Do I need to buy new Redhat linux 5.1 or later version (in future) to keep my linux up to date? Or, do I only need to update my kernel only? Where can I find a complete info what kind of updates has already been available since the release date of Redhat Linux 5.0?

How about other files other than kernel? Where can I find complete info about new updates?

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kobo100198Author Commented:
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You can update your system by downloading the complete kernel source and following the included instructions (mostly you just unpack the source in /usr/src and compile a new kernel) or by applying patches against you current kernel source when recompiling.The patches are much smaller and they will also have instructions on how to apply the patches. Kernel upgrades add support for more hardware, fix bugs, and improve performance of linux. To me,  there is little reason to upgrade the rest of your system until your program libraries become out of date, and there shouldn't be much difference between 5.0 and 5.1. The redhat site www.redhat.com should have information about the differences between the two versions. If you have the room, you could install two versions of redhat, using one for important work and stable applications, and the other to test out the latest bleeding edge kernel and apps. This way if your updates break something, you arent shut down.
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