I'm currently running kernel 2.6.24-27-generic but i need to install a driver that requires 220.127.116.11.11 (or greater). I have several programs already installed on my machine along with vmware server 2, which requires ubuntu 8.0.4.
What are the risks I run to my existing programs by upgrading the kernel?
How much is the kernel version associated with the linux instance version? i.e. if I upgrade the kernel to 18.104.22.168.11 am I now effectively no longer running ubuntu 8.0.4 and vmware is now running on an unsupported platform?