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Old 10-21-2003, 08:02 AM   #1
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migrating to 2.6 kernel

Hey guys.
the new stable kernel 2.6 is comming, and since i dont have the bandwidth to download a new Linux Release
it looks like im going to be compiling the kernel myself

has any1 ever done this before ?
and is it reeealy has hard as it sounds ?

ive been reading up on it, and it looks scary !

but before i got linux, reading all the first time linux guides looked scary, and it turned out to be EEEASY

or is compiling new kernels hard core stuff better left to the pro's ???
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No, it's not at all something that only pros can do.

Just back up everything in /boot, and make sure to edit the "EXTRAVERSION" line in the Makefile (I'm assuming you have the HOW_TO), so that your new kernel will have a different label, and it's hard to go wrong.

Admittedly I did get stuck in my first compile for a few days, until I realised that I was supposed to "make modules-install", also I found it hard to figure out what modules I could leave out. But google, and experimentation solved every single problem and now I know much more about linux, and about my computer.

Having said that the two caveats are that, depending on your computer, compiling can take a while, so if you are experimenting or making mistakes, it can be frustrating having to do multiple compiles. The second is that the early releases of 2.6 may still be a little buggy and it might be better to wait for later releases. Though maybe some of the older hands have an opinion on this?

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Remember that with 2.6 its no longer necesary to do "make dep" (just in case you're following an earlier guide were that's specified)
Old 10-21-2003, 08:17 PM   #4
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yeah, im gonna wait till the 2.6 becomes stable.
so i have time to learn.

i dont realy need the 2.6 kernel, but i cant become an expert linux user without recompiling a kernel lol.

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Here is a link to an article HowTo Upgrade To The 2.6 Kernel.


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