kernel update warning

Mikkel L. Ellertson mikkel at
Mon Feb 25 23:49:05 UTC 2008

Valent Turkovic wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 12:01 AM, Kam Leo <kam.leo at> wrote:
>>  You are nit-picking. Most users want kernel security updates. Those
>>  who have special requirements, e.g. only one particular version works
>>  with their setup, will disable updating the kernel.
> There are users who aren't aware that kernel updates can stop their
> vmware, vitualbox and other apps that use custom compiled kernel
> modules... I know that you can argue that users should know that
> breaks and what doesn't break their apps, but still a finer grained
> updates would be nice.
> I also think that OpenSuse has some think like this "install only
> updates that don't require a restart" (I don't use OpenSuse regulary
> so I can't be absolute sure) and Mint Linux has even updates grained
> with numbers 1-5, 5 being updates that are potentially dangerous to
> break some functionality you have now (like kernels and graphics
> drivers). So you can apply only updates with 3 and lower number and
> only when you choose do the other "more dangerous" updates.
> Do you see this as a nonsense or something that fedora would benefit from?
Well, unless you change things, you are presented with a list of the 
packages that will be installed, removed, and updated. I guess if 
you blindly accept the list, you could run into problems. You also 
have the option of telling Yum not to consider packages for update. 
In any case, if the new kernel breaks things, you always have the 
current running kernel to fall back on. So you can try the new 
kernel if you want, and if it breaks things for you, go back to the 
old one.


   Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!

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