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Re: [opensuse] kernel versions
  • From: Knurpht-openSUSE <knurpht@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2018 18:00:21 +0200
  • Message-id: <1829147.z6FYYT6QAx@knurpht-hp>
Op zondag 5 augustus 2018 17:48:25 CEST schreef Patrick Shanahan:
* Rodney Baker <rodney.baker@xxxxxxxxxxxx> [08-05-18 09:55]:
On Sunday, 5 August 2018 22:45:40 ACST Knurpht-openSUSE wrote:

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


Yes, you can install a newer kernel. From the Kernel repo. But .... that
will mean you have to manually install the NVIDIA blob, and that you
to install the kernel development packages, i.e. NVIDIA, the hard way.
be able to test the 4.17 kernel, you can download a TW live iso, create
USB stick from it, boot it and see if the NICs work.

Whilst that is true, there is nothing difficult about installing the
proprietary drivers manually - you just need to do it before the X server
starts, so boot into single user mode, run the installer and reboot once

it is even easier than that. the reboot after installing the nv driver in
single user mode is not necessary, just "systemctl isolate graphical" and
you will be given the graphical logon screen requesting your password (or

it's even easier than that: You can install the blob with a running desktop,
using the options
Those can be used without issue, since the actual changes to the system only
come to effect after a reboot.
Once dkms is installed, the option
will ensure dkms will rebuild the kernel module after a kernel update.

Gertjan is correct - you need the kernel dev packages because the
installer builds the modules from source.

If you set up dkms (not officially supported on openSuSE, afaik), you can
avoid needing to manually reinstall the kernel drivers each kernel update,
but KDE/X11 updates often overwrite other necessary files, breaking some
functionality (corrected by re-installing the driver after such updates).

I have simply gotten into the habit of reinstalling the driver each time I
do a Tumbleweed "zypper dup", although sometimes it isn't necessary.

I also add the nvidia modules to initrd using dracut, so they're loaded
early and I can get nice, hi-res text consoles (vty0-7) as well.

BTW, I've just updated to 4.17.12 and, so far, no problems on my machine.

tw here, kernel-default-4.17.11-1.3.x86_64

Gertjan Lettink a.k.a. Knurpht
openSUSE Board Member
openSUSE Forums Team

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