I need Debian with kernel Is there any way to force Debian with it?

I don't want to install and then compile version I need.

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First off, with such a specific requirement, you should be aware that any kernels you grab from Debian have been patched. They're not pristine upstream sources.

That said, Debian stable uses 2.6.32.x and wheezy, I believe, will use 3.2.x. So 2.6.34.x was probably never packaged by the Debian kernel team. Checking snapshot.debian.org's linux-2.6 page shows that 2.6.34 was put in experimental, but that appears to be 2.6.34, without the .8. And of course, it contains Debian patches.

I think 2.6.34 has make deb-pkg, so it should be fairly easy to build the upstream source into a .deb, and then install that. Your other option would be to grab the Debian sources from the older, and merge in .8 yourself. That will lead to a .8 with Debian patches, and is probably a fair bit more work.

BTW: If you're going to run 2.6.34.x, you should run (the current release on that branch).

  • Thanks. I'm doing operating systems course and I need exactly kernel version as all of my code would be tested is such environment
    – Ari
    Mar 29, 2013 at 17:14
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    @Ari yeah, then you definitely want to download it from upstream, either their tarball or using git, and compile it yourself.
    – derobert
    Mar 29, 2013 at 18:29
  • It is rather weird that the class uses such an old/strange kernel... if I'd been teaching something like that, I'd be covering either a (recent!) released kernel version for the distribution in use, or one of the latest vanilla kernels.
    – vonbrand
    Mar 29, 2013 at 18:54
  • @vonbrand Apparently, Wind River is using 2.6.34.x still, and of course they're probably on something newer than .8—they're paying the guy to maintain it, so... (comments.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1071766)
    – derobert
    Mar 29, 2013 at 19:06
  • @vonbrand Kernel version doesn't really matter, but you need to chose one for course. It easier to choose one, you used before, so they just don't change it every year.
    – Ari
    Mar 29, 2013 at 22:00

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