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I see a package called "Linux" in Synaptic in 10.04, and I want to know what happens when I install it, without making my system unusable. Does it make a dual-boot option (I have only Ubuntu), or replace my kernel?

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Very little - as per this link -

This will install whatever is the latest kernel for your distribution.

Perhaps only useful if you accidentally delete your latest kernel and you want a quick way to install the latest available.

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I sure I hope I don't delete my kernel! –  Ryan Hoots May 16 '11 at 22:42

If you install this package nothing will change. The package linux is a meta package which depends on the latest Linux kernel. So if you don't have installed the latest one it will install it.

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Thanks for your help. I might try it to see if I have the latest. –  Ryan Hoots May 16 '11 at 22:42

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