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Warning.svg Warning: This kernel branch is currently frozen.

Essentially that means it is neither maintained nor supported, could contain security vulnerabilities and other bugs, and generally should not be used.

Please check the list of supported kernel branches at Download/kernel page.

Warning.svg Warning: this is an old version of 2.6.16 kernel. For the latest version, see Download/kernel/2.6.16/026test020.1.
Kernel branch 2.6.16
Based on vanilla 2.6.16
Status frozen, not maintained
Latest 026test020.1
Archives 2.6.16
Git repo linux-2.6.16-openvz


  • OpenVZ development kernel branch rebases to 2.6.16.

Compatibility notes

Kernel 2.6.16-026test005.1 has the same functionality and feature set as the latest stable kernel (022stab072.2), except for the following:

  • 4 Gb split is currently not implemented; this feature is appropriate only for x86-based systems with more than 16 Gb of RAM;
  • fair CPU scheduler is currently not implemented. It is a work in progress and will be avaiable in the following releases;
  • when ip_conntrack module is loaded, connection tracking on hardware node is enabled by default, opposed to 2.6.8-based kernel where it is disabled. The behaviour is changed due to multiple complaints from OpenVZ users. In order to fall back to the old behaviour, use ip_conntrack_disable_ve0=1 parameter to the ip_conntrack module.

For the complete list of changes in this release, see git changelog for kernel 026test005.1.


You need only one kernel RPM so please choose the appropriate one depending on your hardware:

  • If your x86 (i686, IA32) machine has more than 4 GB of RAM, choose ovzkernel-enterprise kernel.
  • If there is more than one CPU available (or a CPU with hyperthreading), use the ovzkernel-smp RPM.
  • Otherwise, use the plain kernel RPM (ovzkernel).

For more info, see Kernel flavors.

x86 (i686, IA32)

File Size
ovzkernel-2.6.16-026test005.1.i686.rpm 10 Mb
ovzkernel-smp-2.6.16-026test005.1.i686.rpm 10 Mb
ovzkernel-enterprise-2.6.16-026test005.1.i686.rpm 10 Mb

x86_64 (AMD64, EM64T)

File Size
ovzkernel-2.6.16-026test005.1.x86_64.rpm 10 Mb
ovzkernel-smp-2.6.16-026test005.1.x86_64.rpm 10 Mb

Source RPM

File Size
ovzkernel-2.6.16-026test005.1.src.rpm 39 Mb
kernel-ovz.spec 18 Kb

Kernel patch

This patch is applicable to vanilla Linux 2.6.16 kernel (not to 2.6.16.y), available from

File Size
patch-026test005-combined.gz 368 Kb


Official configs of this OpenVZ kernel used to build binary RPMS.

File Size
kernel-2.6.16-026test005-i686-enterprise.config.ovz 35 Kb
kernel-2.6.16-026test005-i686-smp.config.ovz 35 Kb
kernel-2.6.16-026test005-i686.config.ovz 35 Kb
kernel-2.6.16-026test005-ia64.config.ovz 31 Kb
kernel-2.6.16-026test005-x86_64-smp.config.ovz 32 Kb
kernel-2.6.16-026test005-x86_64.config.ovz 32 Kb


For other 2.6.16 kernel releases, see download/kernel/2.6.16/Archives.

For other kernel branches, see download/kernel.

Kernel branches
Testing / Beta
RHEL6 testing
RHEL5 • RHEL4 • 2.6.32 • 2.6.27 • 2.6.26 • 2.6.24 • 2.6.22 • 2.6.20 • 2.6.18 • 2.6.16 • FC5 • SLES10 • 2.6.8
Versions of 2.6.16 kernel