After completing the menuconfig (or xconfig [requires Qt]), the next step is this command:
make dep && make clean && make bzImage && make modules
actually builds the dependencies needed to build the kernel and make clean
cleans up. make bzImage
actually builds the kernel image itself and make modules
builds, just as it says, the *.ko files known as loadable modules.
cp linux-188.8.131.52/arch/x86/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz
You need to copy the kernel image (which is what cp does) to /boot and then install the modules to /lib/modules, which is what make modules_install
Now, after the modules are installed, this:
su -c yum install initramfs-tools
mkinitramfs /boot/initrd.img 184.108.40.206
You need to install initramfs-tools before you can continue (that's obviously what yum does). What mkinitramfs
does is build a ramdisk image needed for the kernel to interact with memory. Without it, the kernel image won't boot.
EDIT: One more thing:
Now, you're all set!