I tried out the latest Netbook Remix on my Dell Inspiron 600m and it was badly broken. So, I've been trying to downgrade to a usable system. I've managed to restore a 10.04 Netbook Remix and restore my home dir but I still have the issue of linux not coming back from suspend.
Now, I've downloaded the 9.04 installer and narrowed down the issue to the linux version being used. The stock linux 2.6.28-11-generic works perfectly. Suspend is fully operational and it even goes to sleep when you close the lid and wakes up when you open it. I can keep this version of linux by pinning the meta package and upgrading with apt-get. Unfortunately, the graphic tools don't work as well (for me ymmv) and the Update Manager looks like it will upgrade linux despite being asked not to.
Pin linux-generic at current version
To tell apt-get to leave the linux kernel untouched when it upgrades the system, we will pin the package linux-generic to the current version. On a fresh 9.04 Netbook install, the linux-generic package is at version 126.96.36.199.15
spinlock@sendack:~$ apt-cache policy linux-generic linux-generic: Installed: 188.8.131.52.15 Candidate: 184.108.40.206.24 Version table: 220.127.116.11.24 0 500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com jaunty-updates/restricted Packages 500 http://security.ubuntu.com jaunty-security/restricted Packages *** 18.104.22.168.15 0 500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com jaunty/restricted Packages 100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
To pin this version we need to edit /etc/apt/policies (as root) and add the following lines:
Package: linux-generic Pin: version 22.214.171.124* Priority: 1001
Upgrade with apt-get
Now, you can upgrade the system with apt-get:
$sudo apt-get update $sudo apt-get upgrade
You may have some non-linux packages that are held back when you upgrade but you can use the install flag to upgrade those individually:
$sudo apt-get install firefox
So, here's my question, after all of that, I'm still running the 9.04 version of ubuntu. Is there anyway to upgrade the version while keeping my kernel version where it is?