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Old 09-12-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Fedora kernel / vanilla kernel compiling


I am relative new on this forum.
I work with fedora 8. (kernel

I plan to build a PXE-server and to boot thin clients via network.
PXE-part is already up and running.

Now I want to make a kernel for my thin clients (remote).
What do you advise me to build ?
A Fedora version? A Vanilla one?
Are there differences in the procedure of building?

I "only" need following : I must be aible to push/pull hd-images to/from NFS-server. (no need to a GUI or X, yet)

When I build the monolitic kernel : do I need a initrd ? And a ramdrive? a rootfs ? how to build these ?

I want that the kernel, initrd, rootfs are as small as possible (or that they not have to be transmitted over the network. So it startup is faster)

thanks for any feedback

Old 09-13-2008, 11:30 AM   #2
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The vanilla one will be safer.

You will need to configure it using the qt/X frontend.

the initrd part depends on the machines.

Old 09-13-2008, 01:06 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by amani View Post
The vanilla one will be safer.

You will need to configure it using the qt/X frontend.

the initrd part depends on the machines.
Is initrd also needed when I do not make use of Loadable Kernel Modules? (when I do not make use of the "M" option. When I include all modules needed INTO the kernel)

And what about the root file-system?
This is not clear to me yet.
(Can I integrate it into the kernel? How to build one that can be accessed - and resides - on the NFS server)?


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