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Old 08-29-2004, 02:00 PM   #1
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How to intall a new kernel ( 2.6 ) on my linux machine

ok, so i'm quite new to linux but after practicing a lot i'm getting the hang of it.
I'm so far running a web server / file server. But now i did some reading about kernel you can ques my question ... how do i install it !
I'm running debian ( woody) linux at the moment.

So who could tel me step by step + the programs i need to install the 2.6 kernel and what points i should pay attention to.

thnx in advance
Old 08-29-2004, 02:12 PM   #2
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well it is goood u r uppto compiling ur kernel
but what i thonk is that u should DEFINATWLY look at he
"newbie giude to kernel compiling" by Dr OZZ in the linux general section here at LQ

there u can find answers to all ur questions

for ur comfort here is the link

check this out!!!


Old 08-29-2004, 02:13 PM   #3
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or any other online tutorial you can find via google search.
Old 08-29-2004, 02:15 PM   #4
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compiling a kernel is not difficult...just needs attention when doing it for the first time(s). if you don't use a ready package (from a package manager), which I don't recommend to do since by compiling your own you have the power to choose what you get, it's usually:

1) get the sources from
2) extract sources
3) make menuconfig (or xconfig) - configure what you want
4) compile the kernel
5) install it to your boot partition
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ok well i'm gonna check all the stuff out, i would like to thank you guys for the quick response
Old 08-29-2004, 05:08 PM   #6
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The real trick for the compile-it-yourself kernel is in:
3) make menuconfig (or xconfig) - configure what you want
By this, I mean some options require other options, and it isn't entirely obvious to a newcomer just what options a common system needs to function well, and what options you know you don't need. By all means, experiment and learn, but do make sure you keep a fully bootable kernel hanging around when you hit problems.

Also, be sure that you read tutorials that cover making and installing the modules that go along with your kernel. For an older reference, there's also the "Kernel-HOWTO" guide which can be google'd for.


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