Vanilla kernel metapkg

Bug #323272 reported by Michael B. Trausch on 2009-01-30
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Bug Description

It would be nice to have a small, empty metapackage that fills the dependencies that the Linux kernel fills. That way if one wants to run only a vanilla kernel on their system, they can, without having to keep Ubuntu kernels around and updated. For example, I run kernel's from upstream git, Torvalds' repository in particular. It's trivially easy to install them and call the appropriate things to build a initramfs and the GRUB menu, but of course, it cannot provide anything since it's not installed as a package.

Just a minor idea for an enhancement. The empty metapackage could always have a version of 2.6.(x+1) where x is the version of the kernel distributed for that release of Ubuntu.

Dariel Dato-on (odd-rationale) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to make Ubuntu better. Since what you submitted is not really a bug, or a problem, but rather an idea to improve Ubuntu, you are invited to post your idea in Ubuntu Brainstorm at where it can be discussed, voted by the community and reviewed by developers. Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion!

Michael B. Trausch (mtrausch) wrote :

I think of it more as a usability bug, just not the type of usability bug that the average user of Ubuntu would know of or care about. It applies only to a small subset of advanced users, but I'd still consider it a bug nonetheless. Most of the people on Brainstorm would very likely vote it down out of misunderstanding, I would think. Thanks, anyway.

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