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I am new to Linux and I need a help in compling the kernel source code.
I need to compile the kernel because I want to use the modem whose driver is not included in the default kernel. I clean-installed Fedora Core 2 on my IBM Thinkpad T22.
The current kernel installed is "2.6.7-1.494.2.2"
I read several online documents about the kernel compilation, but since I am new to Linux, I am not clear about what to do.
For example, all the documentation do not tell me what the numbers next "-". When I checked the kernel_dot_org Web site, I didn't find any source that ends with "1.494.2.2" so that I had no idea what source to download from it.
My questions are:
1. With the kernel (2.6.7-1.494.2.2) installed, what kernel source should I download.
2. What is the meaning of "-1.494.2.2"?
3. Are there very easy-to-follow tutorial for kernel compilation?
The numbers after the dash are the specific Fedora version of the kernel. This is a dirty little secret that many different distros have, namely that they don't use the mainstream Linux kernel at all, but one with their own special modifications, backports, etc. You have two choices -- you can stick with your distro's kernel, or go with a vanilla kernel.org kernel. The later is the easier course, probably, and you should just install the kernel-source packages from your install CDs or over the Internet, then you'll be good to go. Alternatively, just download the latest stable kernel.org kernel, configure it carefully to make sure all necessary hardware support is built in directly or as a module, and rebuild.
u should download the latest source from kernel.org
then from ur preseent kernel u have a config file of the kernel installed in uyr system at /boot directory
so load that config file in ur 2.6.7 kernel configuration
so now u have the working configuration and so
remove the modules u want to remove and add the one s required