[sclug] Thinkpads R61s, kernels and crashes

pieter claassen pieter at claassen.co.uk
Tue Oct 28 08:36:06 UTC 2008

Why don't you download and run the latest live CD for 8.04. I am sure  
it includes the latest patches (maybe verify this first) and if it  
runs, you can feel comfortable that it won't kill your lappy when  
installed on the hard drive.


On Oct 28, 2008, at 9:27 AM, Simon Champion wrote:

> Hia.
>> Namely - 2.6.24-21 on Ubuntu 8.04 has killed a lot of machines..
> My normal upgrade process is to wait at least a month after an  
> Ubuntu release
> before I do my upgrade. Gives them a chance to iron out the glitches  
> that
> always come with a new version.
> 8.04 is old enough now that it's well established and ought to be  
> pretty much
> rock solid. In fact, 8.10 is due for release this week, so 8.04  
> certainly
> isn't on the bleeding edge any more.
> It's possible that you meant to say 8.10, in which case, I for one  
> am going to
> wait it out for a bit longer, and if you're nervous about the  
> upgrade, I'd
> recommend waiting a bit too. But if you meant 8.04, I'd say it  
> should be
> fine.
> That said, it is sensible to take precautions -- you should always  
> take a
> backup of everything important before you start (and make sure it's
> recoverable), and if possible, have an installable copy of the old  
> OS to hand
> just in case you do have problems with the new one.
>> and NOW there are security updates with this kernel.
> There will always be exploitable bugs with every kernel and every  
> OS. Linux
> isn't immune, and when they get found and fixed, that's a security  
> update.
> As long as you keep your machine up-to-date with all the latest  
> patches,
> you'll be fine.
> Hope that helps.
> Cheers,
>   Simon C.
> On Tuesday 28 October 2008, Alex Cockell wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> As you know, I'm relatively new to the OS... and it's been rather
>> unnerving recently while monitoring the Ubuntu forums and call- 
>> tracking
>> services...
>> Namely - 2.6.24-21 on Ubuntu 8.04 has killed a lot of machines..  
>> and NOW
>> there are security updates with this kernel.
>> My main question - is it safe to accept on my R61?  Will I be able to
>> accept the update, reboot and continue?  Or is it liable to kill my
>> machine at the mo?  There doesn't appear to be any kind of official
>> announcement yet... and some of the bugs suggest that the sequence of
>> package application is wrong - and someone has to muck about in the  
>> guts
>> of the box to get it working again.
>> I'm not exactly sure that production releases are supposed to do  
>> that...
>> Waiting for reassurance...
>> Alex

pieter claassen
pieter at claassen.co.uk

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