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how to install older kernel on fedora 21

asked 2015-04-26 02:19:35 -0600

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Hello! I wanted to install kernel 2.6.32 on fedora 21, but I could not find a way to do it. I tried RPM Repository, found an rpm package, kernel-2.6.32.26-175.fc12.x86_64.rpm, and installed it even though it was for fedora 12. After installing it shows error of modules.builtin could not be found file does not exist! Although kernel showed in GRUB menu, but when I select it, it gives error: Failed to load API filesystems, freezing. I could not find a solution for this, please tell me if I can install an older kernel on new OS? I want it for development purposes and studies. If I can then how and although I know I can install them from source direct, but that didn't work either, the kernel never install properly. Thank you!

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If you really want a Fedora running kernel 2.6.3x it might be more convenient installing Fedora 15 that came with kernel 2.6.38. There it will be also very easy to install any 2.6.x kernel including the .32 you wanted.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-04-26 11:33:57 -0600 )edit

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answered 2015-04-26 05:10:04 -0600

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Kernel-2.6 is very old. The softwares/applications that comes with fedora 21 requires a kernel higher than kernel-3. What application/software are you trying to run with kernel-2.6.32? Even if you are successful in installing a kernel-2.6 in F21, you will have to manually downgrade all the applications/software's to a version compatible with kernel-2.6 to make the applications/software's working. You may also run into further dependency issues while doing so. If you really want to use kernel-2.6, download a fedora version that came with kernel-2.6 so that all applications/software's that came with that version of fedora with work.

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answered 2015-05-06 03:42:10 -0600

the kernel that you mentioned is very very old, but if you need install older version of kernel or any package run this command:

sudo rpm -ivh --oldpackage nameofpackage

sudo grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

this work fine :)

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