I just noticed that there is a newer kernel 22.214.171.124 in the update repository for openSUSE 11.1. I checked the changelogs between 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 (Index of /pub/linux/kernel/v2.6) and could not find any changes which would force me to update given my current hardware. Do you think it would be good/useless to do so anyway?
The new kernel version contains several bugfixes, as per ChangeLog, so I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to update. It’s not only about “your hardware” why one should upgrade a kernel
You know that these changelogs are for the “Vanilla” kernels and not what actually has been changed in the distributors kernel?
I find over 600 lines of changelog from 184.108.40.206 to 220.127.116.11 in the kernel-default rpm and a lot of stuff is not “driver-” or “hardware-specific”.
But there is no driver on the ATI repository for 18.104.22.168, only for 22.214.171.124
If that driver were incompatible, zypper would tell you.
I updated the alsa update wiki to reflect the updated kernel
The patch description mentions a few security fixes - any would be a good reason to update, even though these look pretty minor.