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    Default What is the difference between the kernel names?

    So, I decided to choose a new kernel for update, and found that there are several kernels in our rep here Index of /repositories/Kernel:/HEAD/openSUSE_Factory/x86_64

    So, can anybody tell me the difference between these kernels:
    kernel-default
    kernel-desktop(this one i installed on my laptop)
    kernel-ec2
    kernel-rt
    kernel-syms
    kernel-trace
    kernel-vanilla
    kernel-xen
    kernel-kmp

    any info will be highly appreciated.

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    Default Re : What is the difference between the kernel names?

    Some reading here : Kernel - openSUSE

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    Default Re: What is the difference between the kernel names?

    Stick with the desktop unless you have a very good reason to use another.

    default is optimized for server configuration
    ec2 it used in clouds
    rt is optimized for real time
    syms is the symbols package ie symbol information may be required for some drivers to install
    trace is set to do debug tracing into the kernel (for developers)
    vanilla is the unaltered Linux kernel (note most distos tweak things from the upstream kernel)
    xen is used for xen VMs
    kmp is not a kernel KMP refers to driver packages "KMP packages use macros
    that determine which kernel flavors are installed on the machine and builds
    binary packages for each flavor found."

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    Default Re: What is the difference between the kernel names?

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    Stick with the desktop unless you have a very good reason to use another.

    default is optimized for server configuration
    ec2 it used in clouds
    rt is optimized for real time
    syms is the symbols package ie symbol information may be required for some drivers to install
    trace is set to do debug tracing into the kernel (for developers)
    vanilla is the unaltered Linux kernel (note most distos tweak things from the upstream kernel)
    xen is used for xen VMs
    kmp is not a kernel KMP refers to driver packages "KMP packages use macros
    that determine which kernel flavors are installed on the machine and builds
    binary packages for each flavor found."
    thanks a lot for info, and for the link,my mistake, I should have googled it first, thanks again

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