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This tutorial will show you how to use the synaptic package manager in Ubuntu 9.10 to prevent the kernel from being updated automatically when there is a new update available.
You may ask … “Why would I not want to upgrade my kernel?” Personally, I only have one reason: VMWare Server. Other people have to compile special device drivers for video cards, sound cards, etc.. I use VMWare Server for my home voice lab. When my system upgrades the kernel, I have to run ‘sudo vmware-config.pl’ to compile new vmnet device drivers for the new kernel.
Its annoying that my lab breaks with every upgrade and I have to spend 15 min fixing it before I can study. Not to mention the latest upgrade of Ubuntu to 9.10 broke my lab for several weeks until I learned about a special patch. (Here is the video to patch the Ubuntu Kernel if you are interested.)
How to lock your kernel version:
- Open the synaptic package manager
- Search for ‘linux-image-generic’
- Select the package starting with ‘linux-image-generic’
- Click ‘Package > Lock Version’
- Search for ‘linux-headers-generic’
- Select the package starting with ‘linux-headers-generic’
- Click ‘Package > Lock Version