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MR ZenWiz wrote:
I rebooted (after the kernel update) and all seems well again.

Still wondering why that would happen....

On most OSes (including GNU/Linux) I doubt one can update (in other words, change) something as low-level as an operating system's kernel and continue to run the system normally. After the update and before the reboot, the new kernel is updated on the primary storage medium and the old kernel is still running in memory. I'd imagine that there are all sorts of kernel dependencies where the currently-running kernel and newly-installed kernel differ. Therefore you'll see lots of adverse effects for the currently running system which are resolved by getting everything rebased on the updated kernel. Hence kernel update packages are marked to require a reboot as soon as possible.

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