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Martin F. Krafft Open Source Press / No Starch Press ISBN 3-937514-07-4 / 1-593270-69-0
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Linux kernel packages for 2.6.12 and up are named linux-*. (page 260)

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Reported on: 2005-07-26

In chapter 5. The Debian package management system on page 260:

The first item in the list on page 260 in section 5.12.2 speaks of a change in the naming scheme of the Debian kernel packages. Starting with the 2.6.12 kernel packages, the Debian Kernel Team has started using linux-* for the packages containing Linux kernel files.

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This change paves the way for other kernels to enter Debian proper. Where in the past you may have been looking for packages like kernel-image-2.6.8-1-k7 and kernel-source-2.6.8, you will now find linux-image-2.6.12-1-k7 and linux-source-2.6.12. The same applies to kernel headers and kernel tree packages.

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Richard Bejtlich, Tao Security: Krafft is obviously a Debian enthusiast, but he is not a zealot blind to any flaws Debian might possess. He is also not afraid to praise other OS' (like NetBSD) or declare that certain misconceptions (think debconf) are invalid. When necessary he compares Debian tools or syntax to other Linux distributions, such as a chart on pp 200-201 on apt, yum, up2date, and urpmi. The book also contains a large number of footnotes with URLs for more research and additional commentary.

 
 

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