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no i dont know him. to be honest with you i do not know the point in this excercise. As far as im aware i got to create a customised Linux virtual machine which consists of the latest Linux kernel and necessary device drivers and test if the virtual machine, new kernel and drivers work.
From what I remember QEmu should be able to boot a naked kernel.
Problem is that it's not going to give you much.
And testing out the latest kernel to see if the drivers work properly also doesn't make much sense in my opinion.
VMs usually consist pretty generic hardware. The drivers for the emulated hardware usually are in the kernel for quite a long time already and thus thoroughly tested. Thus it will make no difference if you are using the kernel shipped by whatever distro you will install in the VM or a custom kernel built by yourself.
As said, I don't really see the point in all this. But well, I guess it's your time and maybe even somebody told you to do this.
The instructions on how to compile a kernel I have summarized in a previous post, for detailed information is surely somewhere out there.
Remember, if you are not sure about which hardware is emulated, thus which drivers you will need, use lspci to find out.
I don't know the policy here on the forum, and I'm no mod or anything, but I guess also here it would be preferable to add stuff by editing your post instead of a double-post.
That you have no space left may be because you "only" assigned 8GB to the VM. Quite a bit will be taken by the system, and probably you just have a small partition for /home. And the kernel-source gets quite big once extracted.
ive noticed i only have 169mb free space in my home directory, to partition it do i got to system then partition editor? From here how do i partition the 30gb allocated space to the home directory, i would want about 10GB to home directory.
8GB is small but I wouldn't say it's too little. You may just have it proportioned strangely. Eithe way, if you aren't going to be doing anything else with this VM I'd just look for a partition with enough space to unzip the kernel and build on. Open up a terminal and type:
Look for a partition with enough space, put the kernel there, untar and build. Copy the bzImage over and Bam! Need is met.
I guess you'll need to re-install the VM.
I also usually assign 8GB per VM, and usually that's enough. For this kind of setup I'd suggest not to follow the suggestion of the installer to create a layout with multiple partitions, but to have only one partition for the whole system, including /boot and /home.
For a real system that's usually not what you want, but for a VM with tight limits on space I think this is perfectly fine.
Edit: I got no Ubuntu-VM at hand right now, so cannot check how much I got free there. But I do have a relatively fresh OpenSuse-VM here and as Suse should be one of the bloatiest distros out there and I still have 3.4GB free, so I wonder why you have so little space left.
Anyway, try to re-install and see how much you have free.
The kernel-tree in my EasyLFS-VM uses roughly 630MB, after compilation.
ye sure. i have tried uninstalling stuff like open office and doesnt make a difference. also if i shut down the system and restart it what ever is saved on it from before i shut it down disappears when i restart it.