Kernels (newbie)

John DeCarlo johndecarlo at
Thu Mar 17 16:35:34 UTC 2005

On Mon, 14 Mar 2005 12:33:12 -0500, Matthew S-H <mathbymath at> wrote:
> I keep hearing on this list about changing the kernel that I have
> installed.  For example, there was a recent thread about raising memory
> usage above 860MB by installing a different kernel that supports it.
> What does this all mean?  What are thee different kernels available?
> Which one would be the best for normal personal use?  etc, etc


The default kernel is for 386 processors.  If you have a 686 (any
Pentium at all, PCs that were new in the past 5 or 6 years), you can
upgrade to the 686 version of the kernel.

That should make sure you are using all the memory available and
should perform better.

You can do a search on 686 in synaptic.  At least you will want

For example, if you have kernel 2.6.10-4, you should install
linux-image-2.6.10-4-686, which should uninstall
linux-image-2.6.10-4-386 automagically for you.

Similarly for any other packages you have for which there is a -686
version, such as linux-headers...

John DeCarlo, My Views Are My Own

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