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I need to get the big picture of what a kernel is, what it includes, when it's necessary to compile a new kernel, etc., and have the following questions:
What source files do I need to compile a new kernel?
What's the difference between downloading source files from www.kernel.org and "apt-get install" kernel + kernel-headers? Does the latter simply make it easier to download the source files, or are the kernel source files from Ubuntu different from www.kernel.org?
When do I need to compile a new kernel?
Why does the kernel contain multiple files? vmlinuz, initrd.gz, filesystem.squashfs, etc.
When using dynamic drivers (modules) instead of static drivers, do I need to compile a new kernel? If not, how does the kernel know about the new drivers?
If I simply recompile... things so that I can have a new driver, what files must I replace in a liveCD ISO file? What applications will be impacted by adding a new driver to an existing ISO image?
A good film. There is no real short answer If you understand the difference between GNU and linux kernels that might help. There is really no need to update kernels unless you can see a real benefit, for example, if you had virtualbox installations loaded the kernels will not match after a host upgrade, causing another headache.
3. Try to start X (eg. /etc/init.d/slim start). If it doesn't start with the settings you want, exit X and run "Xorg -configure to create an xorg.conf file that you can customize
Caution: The Modeline returned by "gtf" includes a trailing ".00" which crashed X when starting it. Removing this ".00" solved the problem.