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Can someone explain what squeeze1 and squeeze3 designate at the end of a kernel name? For instance 2.6.32-48squeeze3 is showing up under Security Updates in Aptitude.

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Those suffix is because it's a specific version for stable/oldstable Debian Version. And those versions only have security updates. For example, 2.6.32-48squeeze3 version. You can find more information here.

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