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Debian is running 2.6.32-5. Recent kernels seem to have addressed some kernel soft lockup issues, I'd like to try them. Although... the patches don't seem to be in the Debian-stable repository.

# dpkg -l linux-image-2.6.32-5-686
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                   Version                Description
ii  linux-image-2.6.32-5-6 2.6.32-44              Linux 2.6.32 for modern PCs
  • Why is the Debian "Version" 2.6.32-44 when the kernel is 2.6.32-5 ?
  • What does upgrading to Debian version 2.6.32-45 (of the 2.6.32-5 kernel) buy me? I can't seem to find the Debian release notes on this upgrade/fix/patch.
  • I assume Debian isn't backporting Kernel patches. Can I just download the latest deb of the kernel, modules and dependencies and dpkg -i it? Sure I won't be on a "stable" kernel, but at least my system might not be doing the soft-lockups.

Any help would be appreciated. Pointers to specific Debian documentation on this would be ideal. There's something I'm missing here.

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Why is the Debian "Version" 2.6.32-44 when the kernel is 2.6.32-5?

Because that is how Debian names their packages.

I assume Debian isn't backporting Kernel patches.

Debian backports any patches for security issues. It does not add new features, or update to resolve issues only seen by a small number of people. I like the definition of stable here.

Can I just download the latest deb of the kernel

Enable the backports repository. You will get access to a many new kernels, just keep in mind that the backports repository doesn't receive the same level of coverage by the security team.

deb squeeze-backports main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze-backports main contrib non-free

The latest packaged kernel in the backports repository seems to be linux-image-3.2.0-0.bpo.2.

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