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Old 08-13-2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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types of kernel


i go to install a gentoo GNU/Linux in my computer.
but i' m confused are many types of kernel, zen, vanilla, tuxonize...
what is the differences in these kernels?

in this page are the kernels
http://kernel-seeds.org/seeds/64_bit/

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Old 08-13-2010, 05:03 PM   #2
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A couple of those subdirectories there contain a README file which you should read, but generally speaking:

vanilla - implies a plain, unpatched, unmodified kernel, same as from kernel.org

tuxonice - is a set of patches used to improve (or cause to work properly) sleep/hibernation functions, usually on laptops.

hardened - usually implies special security features or patches to make the kernel more 'bullet-proof' against attack or exploits. Maybe SELinux (SEcure Linux) is involved too, which provides extra access control security features.

zen - I have no idea, but this one has a README file.

gentoo - I guess this is whatever the default Gentoo kernel is, when it is not one of the above.


Someone who is more familiar with Gentoo may be able to give you more details about how/what exactly these particular kernels do that makes each of them more or less desirable for a given system.

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Old 08-13-2010, 05:53 PM   #3
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If you're going to use gentoo best you start reading their doco.
Try here for a kernel synopsis.
 
Old 08-14-2010, 06:17 AM   #4
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I read about the Zen and is a kernel with a several patches.
information taken from the official website
"Zen is a variant of the Linux kernel that performs two major functions: (1) optimizes for desktop setups, and (2) provides a user base for project admins seeking testing for their project on various setups"
 
  


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