Does just changing the kernel to latest 64-bit change glibc?
We have been changing our kernels from 32-bit to "latest 64-bit" in order to do the new upgrades. This has been working well so far (the 32-bit software we are running is happy to run in the 64-bit kernel), but I was wondering if this changes glibc or not. The only Linode we have where that might be a concern is one Linode where we build software with a C compiler and I didn't necessarily want to change the version of glibc used in making the build yet.
Yes, I know we should upgrade the actual distributions to a newer 64-bit Ubuntu, but that is a bigger project and not something we are ready to do just yet. So for the time being we just want to run using the latest 64-bit kernel, since it doesn't seem to be doing any harm. We are currently just concerned about the impact on glibc for creating builds from C source.
Of course if anybody know of any other downsides to running the 64-bit kernel (wasting memory?) please feel free to speak up!