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Hello im running redhat 5.2 and am wondering if it is worth updating the kernal and if a newer kernel will still work with my other installed bits?

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If you update the kernel, there will be many changes.  If you are using the networking, there will be significant differences, assuming you are not already in the 2.2.x range.  It would be possible to upgrade to the new kernel successfully, but there will be other packages that need to be upgraded as well.
Time and effort involved in performing all of the necessary upgrades would almost warrant purchasing the newest release instead.  It is not a bad idea, anyway.  Any time there is a major release change rather than just a version change (i.e. 5.2 -> 6.0) there are extreme changes in the packages and dependencies.  I believe I would download or purchase 6.1 instead.  It will likely save a few headaches later.
you will run into all sorts of problems if you were to use a 2.2 kernel on a redhat 5.2. Sure you can upgrade the required parts aswell, however, a person who han the knowledge to do that properly would not ask this question in the first place. (No disrespect intended)
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try with RH-6.1 and update the kernel .. it gives compatibility with older kernel-2.0.X
If you're gonna do that, you'll probably want to upgrade your glibc as well, and that *really* is fun.


I would strongly advise not to bother with the upgrade, but get a complete new release and install that.
Good to know that we all agree.  Just backup your data, and install a new distribution.  Then you can update to the latest 2.2.x kernel (13 or so I think) without any trouble.
wampyAuthor Commented:
ok thanks guys im off to buy the latest im still learning a lot and havinf fun.

all thje best gerald.

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