is unprecedented, with a new major release approximately every two to three months.Each release offers several new features and improvements that a lot of people could take advantage of to make their computing experience faster, more efficient, or better in other ways.Like a government that rules a nation and all its provinces, the Linux kernel is the central program that not only governs how programs interact with one another, but also provides the guidelines on how they should use the computer's core infrastructure, such as memory, disks, and other input/output (I/O) devices for the user's benefit.Linux drivers, the programs that manage each I/O device, are the staff that keeps all the government departments running.For example, you could take the kernel, patch it up with lots of fixes, tweak other settings, strip out everything you won’t need, and then replace your original kernel with your final product, and it will run just fine (assuming it was done right).
Those are inconveniences that are easily avoided with up-to-date kernels.
Continuing with the analogy, the more departments you make the kernel manage, the slower Linux becomes.
Large kernels also reduce the amount of memory left over for user applications.
If this is the case, it’s usually easy to pick an older kernel at boot time that works, but something may always go wrong.
Therefore, we’re not responsible for any damage to your system — use at your own risk!
Your distribution constantly asks you to update your kernel....