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4.9.0-0.bpo.2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.13-1~bpo8+1 (2017-02-27) x86_64 GNU/Linux
The drive and USB I/O scheduling really sucked in 3.16.x (see system specs in sig), I have five drives and am constantly loading USB sticks with TV shows for an old DVD player that has a USB port. I'm having much better parallel I/O ops with the 4.9.x series. I wanted to stay 'stock' but sometimes you just gotta go with what works best. I only enable the backports for kernel updates or cherry pick otherwise not available apps, I stick to stable as much as possible.
Info for n00bs, linux-image-amd64
is the complete new kernel install handling meta package you want, it does everything required to successfully update the kernel and leave your system in a bootable state.
AMD FX-8350, Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 (rev 4.0), 2x120GB OS SSDs, 2x1TB storage HDDs (mirrored), 500GB torrent HDD, 16GB HyperX Fury, Radeon R7 250, Thermaltake V3 Black AMD Edition case, 750W Tt Toughpower Gold PSU...Linux Registered User 533946