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Maybe running such an old kernel is a bad idea

Maybe running such an old kernel is a bad idea

Posted Nov 21, 2012 7:08 UTC (Wed) by Rearden (subscriber, #35172)
In reply to: Maybe running such an old kernel is a bad idea by alison
Parent article: New Linux Rootkit Emerges (Threat Post)

I've always understood the explanation for running the "stable" or LTS variant of a particular distro to be also to minimize potential breakage when updating packages in regards to other software running on the machine. That is, the stable variant isn't going to do a full version upgrade of a package without a very good reason. This makes it less likely to get yourself in a scenario where you update your server (perhaps for a security vulnerability) and then find that you're web app or some other custom coded software then breaks because your update for security also updated a library. Additionally, a stable variant typically has security-only fixes from newer versions of a package ported back into the old version of that package carried in the stable variant.


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