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Old 12-31-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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What is a kernel

What is a kernel
Old 12-31-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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I assume that you're talking about the Linux kernel
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I would say this article would be more helpful:

A kernel is a software abstraction layer that runs just above the firmware / hardware, and just below the applications. Its main function is to provide drivers that help programs interface with devices.

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The kernel is the brains and traffic cop of the operating system. It enable programs to run and talk to other programs and to hardware.

Here's a good definition in more or less plain English: http://searchenterpriselinux.techtar...inition/kernel
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The Linux kernels are modular.
The functionality is contained in modules that are loaded into the kernel dynamically.
A module is a peice of a kernel that can be optionally loaded into the kernel- (brains)

This keeps the core small and makes it possible to load or replace modules in a running kernel w/o rebooting.

There is also more than one version of the kernel-


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