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Hi, pls how can I update my SUSE linux kernel from
2.6.25.20-0.1-pae to 2.6.26.*****
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Thanks... I looked at these links and it seem really complicated. Basically I have OpenSuse 11.0 with kernel 2.6.25.20 and I need to update 2.6.26 because of a sound driver.

Installing a new kernel is very lengthly and error prone process. I was reading that it is possible to upgrade using a patch. But there are rules to do with 2.6.x.y and something about only updating the core.

Can someone tell me how to apply the patch?

Thanks
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Even if you patch a kernel, you still have to recompile it yourself.

Please check out this very nice, in-depth and step-by-step HowTo on compiling and patching a SuSe kernel:
http://www.howtoforge.com/kernel_compilation_suse
(The Howto has 3 pages, make sure to read them all)

Here is another tutorial:
http://www.suseblog.com/?cat=36

And here is some info coming from SuSe users who only just compiled their first kernel:
http://forums.opensuse.org/applications/391072-compiling-kernel-i-type-want-make-sure.html
http://forums.opensuse.org/archives/sf-archives/archives-tips-tricks-tweaks/326206-update-jengelh-s-kernel-2-6-17-7-howto.html#post1511829



If you still don't feel confident enough, consider one of the following easier solutions that might work as well:

1. Use Yast Online Update to get the new kernel/patch and Yast to compile and install it:
- make sure you have included and updated all major repositories (update sources):
 http://en.opensuse.org/Package_Repositories
- add additional third-party repositories (mainly Packman plus maybe one specialized on your problematic hardware):
http://en.opensuse.org/YaST_package_repository
- add the Vanilla kernel repo: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Kernel:/Vanilla/openSUSE_11.0/
- in Yast's 'Add software' module, search for the name of your sound hardware/driver. If found, install.
- if not found, search for "kernel" or "kernel-sources"
- select your desired kernel and click Ok.

2. Consider updating to SuSe 11.1.
I know I haven't been encouraging people to do so in the past, and I still have no good feelings when it comes to 11.1, but only recently I upgraded another machine from a fresh 11.0 installation to 11.1 and I cannot report any annoyances so far. It was even a noticeable improvement.
This will give you kernel 2.6.27 without any hassle or kernel patching.
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Thanks for the help... I have actually updated to Suse Linux 11.1 on the end. Sound works fine now.
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