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I'm running Debian Squeeze completely up to date on a machine. However when running uname I see that I'm on a very old kernel:

$ uname -r
2.6.32-5-amd64

Is this normal for Debian Squeeze? Should I upgrade? If so, how?

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Yes. 2.6.32-5 is the current version of the kernel in Debian Squeeze. You'll notice the linux-image-amd64 dummy package lists linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64 as a dependency.

If you need a more recent version of the kernel you can get it from backports where it is at version 3.2.0-0.bpo.4-amd64.

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I'll add: If you don't need a more recent version of the kernel for driver purposes, then you probably don't need to upgrade. Debian backports patches for security problems (like the recent ptrace race ) to their supported kernel version. –  DerfK Apr 10 '13 at 0:10
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Squeeze is a old stable version. The new stable version, wheezy, is in "release candidate 1" state, so an old kernel is normal in squeeze.

I suggest upgrade to wheezy or activate "backports". Backports are new stuff ported to squeeze.

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Squeeze is still the current-stable. Wheezy is still being tested and is expected to be released as stable relatively soon. There's still quite a few changes being made. –  kce Apr 9 '13 at 23:01
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