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Old 08-01-2003, 04:50 PM   #1
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Question Installing A Linux Kernel

Hi, I have a computer with Windows on it and I want to put Linux on it. I would like to use the NSA's Security-Enhanced Linux, and I need to get the Linux kernel. I downloaded that (a folder called v2.6) but haven't done anything from there. What do I do to install the kernel, then to install the filesystem? I have knowledge of computers, but don't know Linux. Do I need to wipe the hard drive first, do I need to leave Windows on, etc. I would appreciate any help. If possible, could you E-Mail responses to Thanks

Old 08-01-2003, 05:07 PM   #2
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heres my guide on recompiling a kernel
Old 08-01-2003, 05:19 PM   #3
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You'll need a hell of a lot more than a kernel source package. Try a distro like Slackware, or Mandrake for easy or Gentoo for super configuring.
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Soo.. If I got slackware, and installed that.. where would I go from there to install the NSA's Security-Enhanced Linux Filesystem??? I got someone's newbie guide to doing the kernel, so I'm all set with that, but slackware must have its own filesystem.. How do I do that!?!?

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If you'd read their FAQ you'd see it says you need an existing linux distro, and that you're basicallly replacing the kernel and some core programs with enhanced security ones.

If you've never used linux before, I dont think you need the added security of tweaked binaries, but instead just use the wealth of knowledge here at LQ and on the web about securing any linux distro with a good permission scheme and maybe alteration monitoring software.
Most big distros like Mandrake have easy to configure security levels, so you can simply install it, pick something like Higher or Paranoid, and any changes are reported, or rolled back, or not allowed.
That secure kernel is also likely to not work with vital modem and graphics drivers you may need to install, as these usually only work with common setups.
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linux has a few standard file systems that are used universally, some (but not all) ext2, ext3, reiserfs, and some others, but im not sure which file systems each main distro will install default.


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