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[opensuse] kernel versions
I have read discussions concerning the wisdom of Opensuse not running current kernels. But I recently purchased an Alienware 13 3 that is near EOL, so it is not real bleeding edge technology. Neither the wireless nor Ethernet are supported, and now I find the the graphics chipset is not supported either. I was able to use a USB wireless transmitter, but I cannot get around the display hardware.

message about wireless in dmesg is:
ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-5.bin failed with error -2

Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller is not configurable, except with a patch into the /sys directory found on the internet.

Message about the graphics chipset from the Nouveau list is:

"GP106 is supported, you must be using an older kernel (since yours
says "unknown chipset")".

How dangerous is it to download on of the kernels from the Opensuse search site. Kernel.org says the latest stable release is 4.17.12. Under search/42.3/community packages, there are a few offerings shown at this revision level. How bad is it to install one of these kernels?

Don

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