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SearchOpenSource: Testing a New Linux Kernel While Keeping the Old One

Jul 27, 2006, 12:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Connell IV)

[ Thanks to Jane Walker for this link. ]

"I was running SUSE Linux 9.0 on an IBM ThinkPad. This configuration did everything I needed: word processing, Web access, email, C and assembly programming. But my version of the Linux kernel was out of date and I wanted to upgrade it. I wanted to do this in a way that did not remove my current kernel, in case I needed to revert to it.

"This article describes how I accomplished this task by using a dual-boot system with two Linux kernels to choose from during startup. You can use this same approach to upgrade to a new, stable version of the kernel or to test a potentially unstable kernel before committing to it..."

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