Updating fedora core 3 kernel
If a hacker manages to get into the kernel, a lot of damage can be done or the system simply crashes.
Those are inconveniences that are easily avoided with up-to-date kernels.
Virtually every single kernel update will have some sort of security fixes that close up holes that have been discovered.
This is probably one of the most important reasons to update your kernel, as you’ll always be safer with a patched kernel.
Do you have your own policies for updating the Linux kernel?
Do you think distributions should always use the absolute latest or should they lag a bit for stability reasons?
It’s best to have the latest one so you know you won’t come across that issue.
Some people argue that constantly updating the kernel actually decreases the overall system stability because you’ll be running on a kernel that you’ve never used, so you cannot assume that it will work as well as the kernel you were previously running on.
Occasionally, major updates to the kernel in Linux also brings some new functions.
These functions are basically parts of the kernel that programs can use to do some sort of task or operation.
For example, you could take the kernel, patch it up with lots of fixes, tweak other settings, strip out everything you won’t need, and then replace your original kernel with your final product, and it will run just fine (assuming it was done right).
Being able to simply replace a part with something else without issue is what makes Linux great.
Should there be major kernel updates during a release (like Fedora does, or used to do) or only minor updates (like Ubuntu does)?