Opensuse 13.2 x64
The software update program widget I had on the panel in the lower right corner was showing that there were like 200 updates available. So I decided to do about 20 updates at a time then reboot and then do 20 more updates, just to be safe.
Do I really need to do it that way, or just install all 200 updates in one shot?
Anyhow, here is what happened to me. After about 20 updates, I rebooted the machine and it dropped me into a terminal instead of the GUI at boot. I did a google search to find out why, and some site said to type this:
After I did, it said there was a problem with the configuration, and it would not start the GUI. Then I saw somewhere on a site that said the kernel may have been updated, in which case you will have to re-install your graphics card drivers. Luckily, I had the Nvidia Geforce drivers located in my home directory. So I did this to re install them:
su sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-xxx.xxx.run
It said that a driver was already installed and that it would remove them and then re install, so I picked yes to do it. It did it, and then after the re install was done, I did this:
And finally, it booted the GUI. Except I had to re install my desktop theme and re do my panel and set the desktop to render in OpenGL 2.0 and all was normal again. Being a Linux newbie, I’m not sure if a kernel update is what happened. Curious if the kernel does get updated sometimes through the updates that become available, I went here to the repository site for Opensuse to see the kernel version rpm there:
And looked at the rpm file “kernel-desktop-3.16.6-2.1.x86_64.rpm”. My current version says that it is “3.16.7-21-desktop” which I’m pretty sure a kernel update is what happened.
Now, before this happened, I never really looked at my kernel version before. So I don’t know what it was. Being a Linux newbie, can you tell me if kernels do get updated at times? Or, does it only get updated with a new version release of Opensuse? Like I said, it seems pretty obvious the kernel did update, but I’m not totally for sure. As I’m still learning these things as I become more familiar with Linux.
Also, is there a way I can tell? Look up somewhere in Opensuse that would tell me if the kernel was updated?