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How to upgrade kernel from 4.4 to 5.8 without reinstalling


Jerry Jyrer
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Hi,

 

I'm using NanoPi M4

$ uname -a

Linux nanopim4 4.4.213-rk3399 #3 SMP Mon Oct 5 15:53:54 CEST 2020 aarch64 aarch64 aarch64 GNU/Linux

 

and wondering if I can upgrade the linux kernel to 5.8.x without reinstalling other things. I tried armbian-config -> System -> Other

All available options are those 4.4.213-rk3399 with different Armbian versions 20.08.x. I'm currently on 20.08.9

 

Appreciated any step, pointer

 

Thank you

 

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Switching between legacy and current branch should be possible. Never tested that myself though. Needs verification.

 

Just for your information: it depends on your needs if you to for legacy or current because some features may work with legacy and others with current. It is a complicated situation with rockchip unfortunately. @NicoD mentioned a few examples about this here:

 

So keep this in mind and think about what features you need and if it might be better to stick with 4.4.

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18 hours ago, Werner said:

Usually it is done via armbian-confg. No idea though why current branch is not shown there.

As stated this needs to be verified and depending on investigated.

Oh let me know if this happens to only for me or in general. If it is the former, I wondered what caused and how to solve it.

 

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I ran apt-cache below and it showed that it has only the legacy 4.4.213-rk339. Is it the same for everyone else or somehow I am missing something?

$ apt-cache show linux-image*rk3399 | grep -E  "Package:|Version:|version:"

Package: linux-image-legacy-rk3399

Version: 20.08.8

 files, version: 4.4.213-rk3399.

Package: linux-image-legacy-rk3399

Version: 20.08.6

 files, version: 4.4.213-rk3399.

Package: linux-image-legacy-rk3399

Version: 20.08.4

 files, version: 4.4.213-rk3399.

Package: linux-image-legacy-rk3399

Version: 20.08.3

 files, version: 4.4.213-rk3399.

Package: linux-image-legacy-rk3399

Version: 20.08.2

 files, version: 4.4.213-rk3399.

Package: linux-image-legacy-rk3399

Version: 20.08.1

 files, version: 4.4.213-rk3399.

Package: linux-image-legacy-rk3399

Version: 20.08

 files, version: 4.4.213-rk3399.

 

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