Can these kernels be removed?

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at
Tue Mar 27 05:19:49 UTC 2012

On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:
> John Law wrote:
>> Being a purist, I would like to keep my system size small. I noticed
>> I have these packages installed. While I know an OS must have a
>> kernel, I am guessing some of these packages might not be needed.
>> Anyone can share?
>> linux-firmware
>> linux-gerneric-pae
>> linux-headers-3.2.0-20
>> linux-headers-3.2.0-20-generic-pae
>> linux-headers-generic-pae
>> linux-image-3.2.0-20-generic-pae
>> linux-image-generic-pae
> If you are using Precise, don't remove these packages. Those with
> numbers 3.2.0-20 are for the current kernel version and the others are
> used to make the system fetch a newer kernel version when it becomes
> available.

Oops.  He's right.  I only remove the numbered ones, and only when a
newer one is available.  3.2.0-20 may be the latest for your distro,
you'd have to be careful.

Kevin O'Gorman, PhD

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