According to Mihamina Rakotomandimby: # How to tell pacman "OK for the upgrades, but dont upgrade the kernel for # now"?
pacman -Syu --ignore linux
will skip the kernel when upgrading the system. You can do this as many times as you like, until you are ready to allow the kernel upgrade, at which time, you just run 'pacman -Syu' normally. ~Kyle http://kyle.tk/