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Old 01-18-2010, 03:27 AM   #1
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installing Linux kernel


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If I want to just install Linux kernel for educational objects on a fresh computer, should I first install one of Linux distribution and then update it's kernel or I can just install kernel itself?!

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Old 01-18-2010, 03:29 AM   #2
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install one of Linux distribution and then update it's kernel or I can just install kernel itself?!
Installing the kernel itself would not be of much use as at most you would get a shell with no commands.
 
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:51 AM   #3
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Hi

If I want to just install Linux kernel for educational objects on a fresh computer, should I first install one of Linux distribution and then update it's kernel or I can just install kernel itself?!

Thanks for your attention!
Installing only kernel will let you run linux commands only(coreutils).

What are you trying to do(educational objects) and which linux distribution you use?

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Old 01-18-2010, 09:59 AM   #4
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Installing the kernel itself would not be of much use as at most you would get a shell with no commands.
Not even that, it would die as soon as it tries to call init.
 
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:02 AM   #5
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I should think you would need a shell and, at least, coreutils.
 
Old 01-18-2010, 10:24 AM   #6
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ya, first you install one of linux distribution. It has one regular kernal. we couldn't install kernal separately. if you need more than one kernal, you can install after installing linux OS.
 
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:54 PM   #7
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If you really want to install only the kernel and nothing else you could get a hold of tomsrtbt, http://www.toms.net/rb/, which is a small distribution which installs on a diskette. You could then copy its kernel to your hard disk with the dd command, see the man page. The kernel would have to be copied to the mbr which is the first sector on your disk. Like a previous post pointed out, the kernel first looks for a file called init. If this file is not found what you get is kernel panic, in other words it just hangs and does nothing. Google for 'rescue disk' for more information.
 
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