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Old 10-04-2006, 02:39 AM   #1
Registered: Oct 2006
Distribution: Debian, Ubuntu, Centos
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Let me know how i can recompile kernel

I would like to get da details of recompiling a kernel and whether dynamically loaded modules are better than those which are compiled in a kernel and cud you let me know if anyone has used any distro on toshiba satellite pro 440 CDX.

Mera pyara dabba

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Old 10-04-2006, 01:21 PM   #2
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Location: ireland
Distribution: debian with bits of everything stuck on it
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firstly, why do you want to compile a kernel? its a pain in the neck, there is always something missing and you have to go back and do it again...and again...and again..
its not that hard really but unless your really stuck for space or really know what to turn on and off you would be better of stickin with whatever the distro your using has on offer. if its to get unusual modules working you can just compile them with the sourcre of the kernel your using.
if you realy want to do it, post back with the distro, pc details (if its not the toshiba), which kernel you want to use ect.the 'hard' way of doing it is the same for most distros but there are a lot of 'easy' ways to do it depending on the distro. as for the distro it depends on how used to linux you are, what 'wierd' hardware in in the laptop, too many things to list really. if your new to linux i would recomend debian as being easy to manage but thats just my general preference and not specific to your laptop
Old 10-05-2006, 10:06 AM   #3
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Location: Turku, Finland
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Check these two sites first:

Check out if anyone else has installed Linux on your laptop.

As what comes to kernel compilation... I've compiled kernels since 2.0.x and I still do it for a couple of computers I use daily. I've given up compiling kernels for all the Linuxes I more or less have to maintain, for the following reasons:

- Configuring (new) kernel versions takes a lot of time
- Security problems in kernel -> (patch and) recompile
- New versions of programs need new versions of the kernel -> Reconfigure & Recompile

Compiling custom kernels is not usually required. It does, however, yield performance benefits (CPU optimization and less memory consumption) and may be the only way to make exotic hardware work.

If you want/need to proceed, then you'll find lots of help from with keywords

compiling kernel
kernel compilation


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