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    Question Consequences of upgrading distribution?


    There's a proprietary application that I need that is packaged within a Ubuntu 9.04 live ISO, so I'd like to upgrade the whole thing, including the kernel + libraries to benefit from its extra hardware support, add some missing applications and device drivers, and generate a new ISO ready to be burned on a USB/CD.

    What issues should I expect? Are Linux applications/libraries downward-compatible, so that the proprietary application is likely to still work, even though I upgraded the kernel and libraries?

    Thank you for any feedback.

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    The short answer here is "maybe". It depends. What distribution and kernel are you currently running?
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    It's actually a liveCD that I'd like to upgrade. I guess the easiest way is to...
    1. Replace vmlinuz while offline
    2. Boot up with the live CD
    3. remove unneeded applications/libraries, and add those I need
    4. Save this running system, including a new initrd.lz into an ISO file on the hard-disk

    Thank you.


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