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Old 03-13-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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seeking my own kernel configuration details & kernel build

I have several "special" laptops. They are all variants of the Lenovo "convertible" Table-PC. I want to build my own kernel for these workstations. Can someone steer me in the right direction?

I'm running kernels as-built and as-shipped with the readily available distribution of Linux Mint (currently -12 but I'll deploy -14 shortly). Where do I find the configuration details for these stock kernels?

Given the stock kernel configuration details, next I want to add, change and delete options to be more aligned with my laptop hardware. Where are references that will help me match configuration options with the hardware for these workstations?

(whispered)Please tell me that it won't take decades for me to learn about kernel options so that I can pull this off? (grin)

Thanks in advance,
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Well ... you really do not need stock kernel config when building your own. Generic kernels are built to work on practically every possible hardware configuration that support Linux. While your custom kernel is just the opposite - it is supposed to be lean and contain only drivers and features you need.
First. Be prepared to spend time, hours. Kernel is the most important part of your GNU/Linux installation.
Second. There is a great site to help you,
Third. Learn about make targets after installing sources. For instance, make allnoconfig will give you the leanest config to start with.
Fourth. In most cases you can boot your custom kernel without initramfs.
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You need to know all that your hardware have, so to include the modules in the kernel, same with software. Anything that don't exist as hardware you can for sure exclude.
Be ready to spend time and learn about all the options in the kernel, you may have to recompile more than a couple of times to get your kernel well tunned.
Here some links that may help:

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