Re: What kernel can I use?

Subject: Re: What kernel can I use?
From: Andrew B. Arthur (
Date: Sat Dec 04 1999 - 16:01:59 MST

>From: Roy Koch <>

> I have the CD from Yellowdog Champion Server 1.1 and can install and
> boot fine, but some of the upgrades and different versions have me
> confused?

It can be confusing.. so much new software... new kernels... new XFree86
versions... updated server software and daemons. security updates.. new
GNOME/KDE updates... well I will give you my opinion on updates.

> What should I download to improve or stabilize my system?

First off you should make sure you have the latest security and general
updates. To find them see There have been
18 different updates so far, although nobody will need them all (since
chances are you don't use everything on the list such as am-utils -- the
software for automounting large network disks or maybe not even bind).

Installing security updates are easy -- simply do a quick on an internet
connected YDL box (note: it's all one line -- even if your mail client makes
it look like multiple ones):

rpm -Uvh

Secondly, you may want to recompile your kernel or get a newer version. In
most cases you will want to stay with the one that came default with YDL
1.1, since it has been extensively tested and used. However you may choose
to build a newer one, if their is a new driver or security update (like the
relatively recent Denial of Service fix in 2.2.9). Chances are pretty good
you could benefit from recompiling the kernel source (2.2.6) that came with
YDL 1.1, since you probably running more drivers then you need OR you need a
driver OR you have a patch to compile in to support a certain piece of
hardware (like Audio-In, MOL, or something else). Finally, recompiling
usually reduces disk space taken up by the kernel (2.6 megs verses 1.9 or
so), saves ram (less drivers loaded), more speed (less overhead by drivers
you don't use) and more stability (less drivers to cause trouble).

Third, you may consider to upgrade some of your graphical software such as
GNOME or KDE. Newer stable versions of GNOME (1.1.6x) and KDE (1.1.2) are
available, offering greater stability and new features. I believe if you
poke around you can find these updates to

Last if you see updates you want from an independent vendor (such as the KDE
site), try getting an RPM of them, instead of source code, so you can easily
go back if the update isn't right for you.

Finally, don't upgrade glibc, unless you really know what you are doing,
even though glibc-2.1 is fairly binary compatible in all versions, it can
break some software.

> Is 1.1 still the latest CD from Tera Soft Solutions?

Yes, although their have been some miscellaneous and security updates, 1.1
still is relatively up-to-date and secure. I would guess they may release an
future update this winter or spring--That's pure speculation.

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