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Recommended update for Linux kernel

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(Last modified: 06DEC2005)


solutions Recommended update for Linux kernel
SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (305fe3a09b78299cbe55e8a5e6c3dec4)

Applies to

Package: kernel-bigsmp
kernel-default
kernel-smp
kernel-source
kernel-um
kernel-debug
kernel-syms
um-host-kernel
um-host-install-initrd
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for x86
Open Enterprise Server
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86
Patch: patch-10727
Release: 20051206
Obsoletes: none

Indications

Everyone should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

  • Support many new hardware components via driver and PCI ID updates: network drivers
    • added bnx2 driver in version 1.3.29 to support BCM5706 based 10 GBit network cards
    • updated tg3 to version 3.37 + latest patches from Broadcom to support BCM5704, BCM5752M, BCM5780 and BCM5780S chipsets
    • updated bcm to version 8.2.18 from Broadcom to support NC320I, NC325I, BCM5704, BCM5714, BCM5752, BCM5752M, BCM5780 and BCM5780S chipsets and to fix oops in ethtool calls while device is down
    • updated ixgb to version 1.0.102 to support 10 GB Ethernet
    • updated e1000 to version 6.2.15
    • update e100 to version 3.4.14
    • updated s2io (neterion) 10GBit driver to version 2.0.8.1
    • updated the forcedeth driver to version 0.44 to support the nVidia Internal Ethernet for MCP55 chipset
    storage drivers
    • updated qlogic qla2xxx to latest official version 8.01.02-d2
    • update qlogic qla4xxx to the latest official version 5.00.04
    • updated emulex-lpfc to version 8.0.16.17
    • updated cciss driver to version 2.6.8 for latest HP RAID support
    • updated IBM ServeRAID driver (ips) to version 7.12.02
    • updated LSI MPT fusion (mptscsi) driver to version 3.02.58 featuring SAS support and a split into transport specific modules
    • added megaraid_sas driver version 00.00.02.00-rc2 from 2.6.13 to support LSI SAS based controllers and Dell PERC5 RAID controller
    • updated megaraid_mbox driver to version 2.20.4.6
    • updated LSI MegaIDE (megaide) driver to version 5.08u to add support for many new ICH5R/ICH6R/ICH7R based controllers
    • updated aacraid to version 1.1-4 from 2.3.14rc3 to support IBM ServeRAID 8i and other controllers from Adaptec and ICP.
    • fixed rescanning of ipr raid arrays in ipr driver
    • fixed pciehp driver to operate correctly on the downstream port of a switch
    • Enabled SGI Altix SHUB2 hardware support
    • Enabled IBM xSeries x460 4 node system
    • Updated ibmvscsi driver to support AIX client
    • Update libata to latest version from 2.6.14rc3
    • Updated openIPMI to version v36.1 to support IBM x236, x336, x346 and HS20 8843
    • Updated i2c driver to add pcf8574 support
    • Added dell_rbu driver to allow flashing of Dell system BIOSes
    • Added dcdbas driver to support monitoring of Dell servers
    • Added (3D) support for Intel i945G chipset
    • Added (3D) support for Intel ESB2 Southbridge
    • Add support for MCP51 and MCP55 Sata and IDE devices
    • Add support for new Serverworks/Broadcom SouthBridge SATA controller
  • Update EDD code to 0.16 and add x86_64 support
  • Add driver for pcf8574 i2c sensor
  • Add an module option to conntrack to enable NAT for local connections
  • Disable TSO by default
  • NFS: Solaris VxFS compatibility fix, lockd decoding fixes
  • Scheduler enhancements to support SMT on ia64
  • Fix quota race vs inode cleanup

Solution

Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
First, find out which kernel package to download and use, for example with
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz
Download the kernel image fitting your setup and the kernel symbols (kernel-syms*.rpm) and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-default*.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-smp*.rpm for the SMP kernel image with support for up to 64 GB, or
  • rpm -Fhv kernel-syms*.rpm kernel-bigsmp*.rpm for the SMP kernel image with support for up to 64 GB
Please do only install one of these kernels, not all of them.
In case you are using LILO as bootmanager, please make sure that you also execute the command
lilo
after installing the update for the system to remain bootable.
Finally, reboot the system with
shutdown -r now
to load the new kernel (replace "now" with the appropriate amount of time to allow local users to cleanly log out, for example "+5" for five minutes.)

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