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Old 06-13-2003, 02:37 AM   #1
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When are you ready to compile your own kernel?

I just got RH9 and I think I can say I can somewhat get around on it. Now, the reason I got into linux was because of the ability to customize and tweak everything with the source code...

I'm wondering, generally what level of expertise in linux should I aim for before I should be able to tackle the task of compiling my own kernel?
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Once you have read and feel confident that you can follow the directions outlined here: Since you have RH, access to compatible kernel source shouldn't be a problem for you.
Getting your hands on a good admin book wouldn't hurt though.
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Well, if I'm anything to go by, you can be a totally inexpert idiot. *g* Seriously - compiling a kernel in a true expert fashion... well, you might need to be Linus, I guess. But getting a reasonably slim kernel that does what you want it to isn't that big of a deal, at least using the simple text-menu interface which has a lot of assistance. Along with all the docs in the kernel source, as long as you know your hardware and your aims, you should be okay. It's really not all *that* different from compiling a really tricky, picky app. If you don't know how to install something without pointing and clicking, you're not ready. Otherwise, go for it.

I had to guess at some of my hardware, had minimal aims - get CORE installed on my ancient hardware - and my first shot resulted in a functioning kernel that I left some stuff out of, so the second shot got it more or less right. Basically, the task of compiling the kernel will itself give you some experience. You'll find out some things that go into it, learn some things to research, etc. I think it would be harder with more modern and complex hardware and, thus, more options in the software, but not categorically different.

Good luck!


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