Ease of Mind
I highly recommend to install not only the latest kernel but also the LTS (long-term support) version, often named something like
vmlinuz-linux-lts. I’m using the GRUB bootloader which allows to have a default setting and multiple (as desired) boot options. I had two to three encounters when after updating my packages, Arch wouldn’t reboot properly or there were issues in some applications.
Display was full of artifacts after starting the window manager (dwm)
- Removed the culprit which was the intel-vulkan driver
External monitor not working anymore with dwm
- Currently using the LTS kernel and hoping the problem will be resolved with the next kernel update
It’s good to know, that even if something breaks after a package update, there’s an immediate easy way to “roll back” to a kernel that at least works properly until the issue with the new kernel is resolved.