LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software > Linux - Kernel
User Name
Password
Linux - Kernel This forum is for all discussion relating to the Linux kernel.

Notices

View Poll Results: How many times did you compile your kernel?
Never, I always use the distro's initial kernel 31 16.76%
1-20 65 35.14%
20-100 47 25.41%
I don't remember how many times! 42 22.70%
Voters: 185. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 04-17-2006, 06:06 PM   #1
mimithebrain
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: ~
Distribution: Ubuntu 10.04
Posts: 843
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 30
Cool How many times did you compile your kernel?


The first poll here:

How many times, in all your experience with linux, did you compile the linux kernel?

What was your biggest thrill in configuring the kernel and compilling it ?
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:11 PM   #2
Penguin of Wonder
Senior Member
 
Registered: Sep 2005
Location: West Virginia
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 1,249

Rep: Reputation: 45
There's no poll?

Either way though, I've only been running Linux for about a year now, so i've only compiled my own kernel 4 maybe 5 times. At that, i've only compiled it successfuly twice. But it was a fun learning experience. The best part about doing it myself it getting rid of all the stuff I don't need. I like running a slim kernel so that I don't have a bloated system.

EDIT: The poll appeard after I posted.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:12 PM   #3
pljvaldez
Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Somewhere on the String
Distribution: Debian Squeeze (x86)
Posts: 6,092

Rep: Reputation: 269Reputation: 269Reputation: 269
The biggest thrill was the speed I got out of my old Celeron 400. I can even run KDE on Debian Sarge and it's more responsive than Windows ever was...

Actually, the biggest thrill was the first time I did it and my system didn't blow up (newbie worries...).
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:18 PM   #4
mimithebrain
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: ~
Distribution: Ubuntu 10.04
Posts: 843
Blog Entries: 1

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Penguin of Wonder: I had to leave the computer hanging, and came back to finish the poll editing, therefore the lag... sorry about that

pljvaldez: I get thrills customizing my kernel too, removing junk and adding toys .

I wonder where I got the idea that linux could blow up boxes... I never had a kernel that actually fried hardware so far.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:19 PM   #5
tomdkat
Member
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: S.F. Bay Area
Distribution: Ubuntu 9.04 AMD64
Posts: 595

Rep: Reputation: 30
I've compiled kernels so many times, I've lost count. I've compiled kernels in the 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, and now the 2.6 lines.

Peace...
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:26 PM   #6
Brian1
Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2003
Location: Seymour, Indiana
Distribution: Distribution: RHEL 5 with Pieces of this and that. Kernel 2.6.23.1, KDE 3.5.8 and KDE 4.0 beta, Plu
Posts: 5,700

Rep: Reputation: 61
Same here been compiling kernels for over 8 years back in the 2.0 days to current 2.6.

Brian1
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:41 PM   #7
blahpony
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Rockville MD USA
Distribution: Suse
Posts: 38

Rep: Reputation: 15
I've done it a few times. Sometimes to get hardware up and running. Sometimes cause the beer made it seem like a good idea.
Seeing a new kernel booting is a great feeling.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:45 PM   #8
mimithebrain
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: ~
Distribution: Ubuntu 10.04
Posts: 843
Blog Entries: 1

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
I never actually compiled a 2.2 kernel, only 2.4 and 2.6.

I wonder what linux looked like in 10 years ago.
I wonder what linux will look like 10 years from now, when we hit linux kernel 4.8 .
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:45 PM   #9
Samoth
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Distribution: Exherbo
Posts: 474
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 32
I love the thrill of compiling my own kernel.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 09:18 PM   #10
reddazz
Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: N. E. England
Distribution: Fedora, CentOS, Debian
Posts: 16,298

Rep: Reputation: 73
I started compiling my own kernels in the 2.4.x releases. I can safely say I have probably compiled the kernel more than 100 times because I have been doing it a lot lately in Gentoo and I always compiled my own kernel when I used Slack.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 10:24 PM   #11
weibullguy
ReliaFree Maintainer
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Distribution: Slackware-current, Cross Linux from Scratch, Gentoo
Posts: 2,731
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 224Reputation: 224Reputation: 224
I've done it three times (the only three times) in the past two weeks. The first time I was rushing and didn't pay attention to what I was doing. To my chagrin, it didn't work. The second time was a bare-bones, gimme a command line, and restore some of my self-esteem configuration. It worked, but alot of stuff didn't.

Third time was the go for broke, get my AMD 750Mhz, Irongate/Viper chipset, old Gateway mobo, ultimate gamer system working (don't be too jealous). When I typed reboot, hit enter, and everything I expected to work worked...BAM, I was hooked! As far as I'm concerned, the whole experience put the geek back into computer for me. Plus, it's a heck of a learning experience.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 12:44 AM   #12
linux=future
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 154

Rep: Reputation: 30
If I include the embedded system I like to play with, I've compiled the kernel at least 10 times. At any given moment I have four kernels I can have it boot, each fine tuned for a specific purpose. I usually end up forgetting something crucial (like the ethernet driver...it uses nfs for the root filesystem), but I learn more each time.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 01:00 AM   #13
uglydot
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2003
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 232

Rep: Reputation: 30
I can't count how many times I have compiled the linux kernel. The biggest thrill for me is when you boot into a new kernel and bam, whatever piece of hardware that wasn't happy before, is now happily crunching or storing data.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 01:30 AM   #14
amosf
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Australia
Distribution: Mandriva/Slack - KDE
Posts: 1,672

Rep: Reputation: 46
Can't remember if I compiled a 1.x kernel, but certainly 2.0 I've done a few. Use a lot of stock kernels, but usually compile on the main machine. Have needed patches over the years, like for win4lin, etc. Has to be way over 100 as I think I've compiled over 20 times this year alone...

Thrill? I just expect it to work It is nice when you do a major change like 2.6.15 to 2.16.6 and it works of first compile and the nvidia module compiles (after its own patch)...

Last edited by amosf; 04-18-2006 at 01:33 AM.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 02:04 AM   #15
spooon
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,755

Rep: Reputation: 48
What does "the distro's initial kernel" mean? I have never compiled a kernel (nor many other programs for that matter, nor plan to), but my distro (Fedora Core) comes out with very updated kernels every 2 or 3 weeks or so, with many of the latest features and fixes, and so I always have the most updated Fedora Core kernel. That's not what you call the "initial" kernel, is it?
 
  


Reply

Tags
build, compilation, kernel, poll, reference


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kernel Panic after trying to update Kernel to 2.6 several times LearningToLive Slackware 10 01-19-2006 08:57 AM
System hangs; Atheros Madwifi-ping times out every 15/16 times james 456 Linux - Networking 0 01-12-2006 06:55 PM
I've compiled my 2.6.12.3 kernel 3 times!!! CPUFreak91 Linux - General 11 08-04-2005 03:33 PM
New kernel = font problem at times! Slovak Slackware 2 12-20-2004 03:55 PM
kernel compile times danchan Linux - General 2 04-11-2004 06:33 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:46 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration