Update Suse kernel

Posted on 2009-02-10
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
Hi, pls how can I update my SUSE linux kernel from to 2.6.26.*****
Question by:zeraxis_ee
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    Thanks... I looked at these links and it seem really complicated. Basically I have OpenSuse 11.0 with kernel 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?

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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:
    (The Howto has 3 pages, make sure to read them all)

    Here is another tutorial:

    And here is some info coming from SuSe users who only just compiled their first kernel:

    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):
    - add additional third-party repositories (mainly Packman plus maybe one specialized on your problematic hardware):
    - add the Vanilla kernel repo:
    - 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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