Updating the Kernel

Hi there,

I got a warning showing that I have new kernels available. One of them has the real time tag, what does that mean?
Also, is it advisable to update to the lastest one available or should I stick to the LTS one for now?

OS specs:

 ██████████████████  ████████     OS: Manjaro 20.1.2 Mikah
 ██████████████████  ████████     Kernel: x86_64 Linux 5.7.19-2-MANJARO
 ██████████████████  ████████     Uptime: 14m
 ████████            ████████     Packages: 1334
 ████████  ████████  ████████     Shell: fish 3.1.2
 ████████  ████████  ████████     Resolution: 1366x768
 ████████  ████████  ████████     DE: Xfce4
 ████████  ████████  ████████     WM: Xfwm4
 ████████  ████████  ████████     WM Theme: Matcha-sea
 ████████  ████████  ████████     GTK Theme: Adwaita-dark [GTK2]
 ████████  ████████  ████████     Icon Theme: Papirus-Dark-Maia
 ████████  ████████  ████████     Font: Noto Sans 10
 ████████  ████████  ████████     Disk: 32G / 296G (12%)
                                  CPU: Intel Core i5 M 460 @ 4x 2.534GHz
                                  GPU: Mesa DRI Intel(R) HD Graphics (ILK)
                                  RAM: 1985MiB / 5745MiB

Real time kernel linux is for specific community of people that need such a feature.
It makes the kernel more deterministic ( that’s the real time ) not fully real time as you might encounter some industrial embedded devices.

For example it is for Audio composers that pass audio signals through they systems and really don’t wanna risk some hic ups due to undeterministic thing that happend inside a kernel.

For LTS or non LTS that really depends on your taste.
Newer kernel will support newer hardware and brings new features or performance however it may be less stable than the LTS counterpart.


5.7 is marked as EOL (end of life) so i would suggest changing to a newer one. 5.8 is okay for me on stable.

edit to add:
I also had that little pop up, i went in and changed the settings to not notify me as i’m happy riding the ones in the normal updates.

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Thank you for the info, I appreciate it:)

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I’m going to do that then. thanks :slight_smile:

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