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Thread: how do I check latest installed kernel?

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    how do I check latest installed kernel?

    hi,
    I used 'uname -a' but I think that just tells me the kernel I'm running. Due to being a paranoid freak, when given the option to update the menu.lst, I've just opted to keep the old, being scared of screwing something up. Now I want to run the latest kernel, but I'm not sure which the latest is! I'm apparently up-to-date so will likely match your kernel if you are up-to-date too.
    I'm just going to copy the OS option in the menu list, and change the kernel number, but what is the latest? Is there a simple command to check?

    TFC!
    Robin

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    Re: how do I check latest installed kernel?

    just do
    ls /boot

    choose the highest initrd.img-*

    and you know, ubuntu doesn't run the latest linux kernel

    http://kernel.org/
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    Re: how do I check latest installed kernel?

    Code:
    uname -r

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    Re: how do I check latest installed kernel?

    First, look at Synaptic. This will show you the latest kernel version available for your distro.
    Mine reads : Linux kernel headers for version 2.6.27 on x86/x86_64
    (2.6.27-11-generic)
    from experience IMHO stick with the version offered through Synaptic. 8)
    Last edited by AllenGG; April 5th, 2009 at 04:32 PM.
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    Re: how do I check latest installed kernel?

    Thanks guys
    Oh Carlee! So, using the latest initrd is sound? :O You mean that the latest linux kernel isn't used right? Why's that? Doesn't linux run the ones that Debian does?

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    Re: how do I check latest installed kernel?

    Hm. So I just changed the 3 number 19's in bold to 23 like so:

    Code:
    title		Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic
    root		(hd0,0)
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=298c41c5-3150-47f8-9817-86b95d2c7ad7 ro quiet splash
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic
    quiet
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-23-generic
    root		(hd0,0)
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-generic root=UUID=298c41c5-3150-47f8-9817-86b95d2c7ad7 ro quiet splash
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic
    quiet
    Will that suffice to load kernel 23?
    TFC

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    Re: how do I check latest installed kernel?

    latest is 2.6.27-11
    Use Synaptic. Should show up with a star.
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