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Do you update kernels sometimes?

Hello, the question is in the title. I’m asking this because in past (this summer), I had a VPS, based on openvz technology, and the kernel was terribly old (2.6.18) and I had Ubuntu 11.10 but I was unable to upgrade to 12.04 LTS directly because of the kernel. (I was able to bypass this by doing a “apt-add-repository ppa:izx/ovz-libc” but i searched a couple of hours). I decided to quit because mysql server 5.5 never wanted to install (even with 512 ram, so probably because of the old kernel), and your VPS, even with 256 mb, installs it without problem. Also, is there a kernel by OS or the server runs its own kernel and VPS inherits it (like openvz)?


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Any update on this issue? I am trying to install services that require a more recent kernel than the ancient one provided. It also isn’t in the dropdown list. Please advise.

I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of disappointment here. I’m concerned, even more generally, at DO’s bootloading procedure. And since they have disabled access to iPXE (during the power up) – which was working about a year ago – DO users are further hobbled, not helped.

BTW, the disabling of iPXE for pxe boots happened within 3 days of a video hitting youtube which described how to pxe boot a droplet (Shane Spencer, “Digital Ocean: Droplet iPXE install of Debian Linux 7.0 Minimal”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd0Ln2jL8Lo).

I’m also disappointed at the way DO handles informing users of what is going on related to something they ask about on community or (formerly?) uservoice. It usually goes like this. Someone, like Moisey, will say on a discussion group that they plan to roll out an enhancement/fix for X in N months; N months go by, then someone (or more people) ask what is the status of the enhancement/fix; there is no response from DO; you go out and ask about it on, say, Twitter; no response or an evasive response. It gets tiring.

I too tried to follow to procedure at https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-update-a-digitalocean-server-s-kernel-using-the-control-panel but was unable to upgrade the kernel after going from debian wheezy to jessie. I don’t know if it’s something I’m doing wrong, or if it’s simply not supported.