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this is a stupid newbie question, but i was wonder what is a kernel interface? because i was installing the geforce drivers, and it told me "no precompiled kernel interface was found...the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for your kernel"
I wanted to know what a kernel interface is, and what i could do, in case then happen again, or think about when compiling a newer kernel.
p.s.i use slackware 9.1 with a stock 2.4.22 kernel.
video card: geforce 5200
The more recent kernels support direct rendering (kind of
like directX), and it needs to be built to match your kernel
(a layer between the hardware and X, loosely speaking,
thus the term interface).
What the nVidia installer does is it checks whether there's
already one available for download that matches your
installed kernel. Since Slack isn't main-stream there is no
such thing, and you need to compile it.
If you want to install the nvidia driver it should do it all for you assuming you have the build environment and kernel source installed. The nvidia installer first checks what you have then compiles the kernel interface and installs it and then you just need to edit the xfree or Xorg config to get the 3D going...