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Linux kernel 4.5.1

 

There is an update of the latest stable version of Linux kernel 4.5.1 available in Sparky “unstable” repository.

To install or upgrade it, activate Sparky “unstable” repository:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky.list
and make sure the list looks like that:
## sparky
deb http://sparkylinux.org/repo/ testing main
deb-src http://sparkylinux.org/repo/ testing main
deb http://sparkylinux.org/repo/ unstable main
deb-src http://sparkylinux.org/repo/ unstable main

Then refresh package list:
sudo apt-get update

And install the latest kernel via the meta packages.
amd64:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-sparky-amd64
686 non-pae:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-sparky-686
686-pae:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-sparky-686-pae

or just make full system upgrade if you have the previous Sparky Linux kernel meta-packages already installed.

Then reboot you machine to take effects.

 

Linux kernel 4.5.0

 

There is the Linux kernel 4.5.0 available in Sparky “unstable” repository.

It is a home roasted, the latest stable Linux kernel which provides the latest set of drivers for many devices. The kernel is placed in Sparky “unstable” repository, which is inactive as default to make sure you will enable it only if you wish.

Anyway if you would like to install Sparky’s Linux kernel, do:

1. Activate Sparky “unstable” repository, editing (as root), the file:
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky.list
and make the list as below:
## sparky
deb http://sparkylinux.org/repo/ testing main
deb-src http://sparkylinux.org/repo/ testing main
deb http://sparkylinux.org/repo/ unstable main
deb-src http://sparkylinux.org/repo/ unstable main

2. Refresh package list:
sudo apt-get update

3. Install the latest kernel.
amd64:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-sparky-amd64
686 non-pae:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-sparky-686
686-pae:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-sparky-686-pae

Then reboot you machine to take effects.

The Linux headers packages are also available to install.
amd64:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-sparky-amd64
686 non-pae:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-sparky-686
686-pae:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-sparky-686-pae

Some external modules should be rebuilt/reinstall after, for example Virtualbox or VMware modules, for example:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure virtualbox-dkms

Make sure that Sparky is shipped with Debian’s Linux kernel as default, but the newest kernel can be installed manually from our repos, if you wish.

 

How to install the newest linux kernel?

 

SparkyLinux 2.0 is based on Debian testing “Wheezy” so it featuring Linux kernel 3.2 LTS.
If you need to install the newest Linux kernel, you have to:
1. In text console edit (as root) “sources.list” and add Debian unstable “Sid” repos:
su
nano /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Add new lines on the end of the list:
## sid
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ sid main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ sid main contrib non-free
deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org sid main non-free

3. Save it and refresh package list:
apt-get update

4. Open Menu-> Applications-> Administration-> Synaptic Package Manager
a. Click “Search” button and type “linux-image”
– if your computer is old ( CPU such as Pentium II, Pentium III, etc. ) choose
linux-image-(the-highest-number)-486

– if you have modern machine choose
linux-image-(the-highest-number)-686-pae

– if you run SparkyLinux x86_64 version choose
linux-image-(the-highest-number)-amd64

b. Then click “Apply” button to install it
c. Reboot your computer choosing new installed kernel from booting list.

 
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