How to upgrade Kernel from 3.16 to 3.17?

OpenSUSE 13.2 is released with Kernel 3.16.6-2-desktop

I hear/read that this kernel is not good and i’m adviced to upgrade it to 3.17.

Anyone donen this? How do i do this?



for kernel packages or add this repository

and install the 3.17 kernel ( at your own risk ) either via yast or zypper.

While installing another kerenl will teach you things, etc. I find the fact that you heard rumours about your kernel version (and the fact that you do not report having any problems yourself) not the strongest argument.

Well, I certainly would not call 3.16.6 “not good”.
Do you have any problems?
If not there’s no need to upgrade.
And an official update to 3.16.7 (with a lot of backports from 3.17) will be released soon anyway, you should get that with the standard updates then.

Anyone donen this? How do i do this?

The easiest way is to install a package from the Kernel:stable repo. You can even add this to your system’s repo list in YaST->Software Repositories to automatically get updates. In this case enter YaST->Software Management, search for “kernel-desktop”, and use the “Versions” tab below the package list to actually install the newer kernel.

That repo already contains 3.18 though. There is no “easy” way to install 3.17 any more (from the “official” repos at least), you’d have to compile it yourself (which is not too hard either, but probably not really advisable if you don’t know what you are doing).

I have been testing all recent kernels on 13.2 because of some problems with the graphic chip, and I would warmly suggest to follow Wolfi323’s advice unless you are experiencing problems.
Be careful with 3.18, it still has some rough edges ( sse this thread if you have Intel or ATI graphics).
I found that 3.17.6 was somewhat better than 3.16.6 with my setup, but the upcoming 13.2 update (3.16.7xxx) was the best I tested so far.


I have a Dell Latitude D630 that has been a wonderful machine for me for… well… 8 years… holy cow… 8 years… Anyway, love this machine, been great and reliable, taken a tremendous beating and runs great. I have the Nvidia chipset in it and it has been a mostly trouble free setup for me from day 1. I’ve done numerous upgrades to it so I would say it can compete fairy well with many of the systems being sold today.

openSUSE 13.2 is the first release that has really given me problems with this machine 13.1 did give me some but that was entirely with KDE. I cannot get any more than 5 sleep/resume cycles with the latest kernel. The original kernel with 13.2, 3.16.6-2-desktop, seems to be far more stable. Specifically, I can get 12 problem free sleep/resume cycles as opposed to 4 with it failing on the 5th. The problem seems to stem from the kernel not being able to lock down the CPU or something to that effect. I can’t seem to find the exact error using dmesg when I reboot. Not sure if I need to do some bug reporting or what to help out the kernel team or if I should try a newer kernel.


may or may not be the kernel. What NVIDIA chip and what driver are you using?