To Whom It May Concern,
I have been using OpenSUSE for about 1.5 years now, I decided to make the switch from windows, I haven’t looked back since. I had previously played with Linux back in 1995, with Mandrake, but other than that, I have no extensive experience.
However, I have learned quite a bit, from running my desktop on OpenSUSE. One of the things I learned early on, was that a Kernel update, usually means having to rebuild modules that are dependent on the Kernel. This would include most hardware drivers, anti-virus programs that load via the kernel module, as well as Virtual Machine Programs.
I am sure there is a list of programs which are dependent on the Kernel, and build custom modules based on the current Kernel, however the ones listed in this list, are the ones I have experience with.
For graphic drivers(nvidia), you simply need to reinstall, and this will rebuild the kernel module based on the new updated kernel on your system.
For VM’s, most of them contain tools to rebuild the module. A simple google search will reveal these tools.
Anti-Virus modules, are highly dependent on which version/package you are using.
For the user that had the graphical problem, please remember, “flickering” screens, are usually caused by your X Server. You can easily tell if it’s your X server, or the system, by allowing the system to boot, and when you get to the “flickering” screen, press ctrl+alt+f1. This will open the default console, if it switches to your console, press ctrl+alt+f7, this will switch you back to your X server. If it’s still flickering, than you have a configuration error with X, likely caused by the graphics driving failing due to the Kernel update.