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Old 03-13-2009, 01:12 AM   #1
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Kernel and distribution

Is a kernel compiled on one distribution compatible with another distribution?
I.e.: Debian PPC kernel used in Fedora10.
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As long as they were compiled with the same version of glibc (and that same version is installed), then they should technically be compatible / interchangeable.
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Well, it would have to be a PPC version of Fedora 10, for a start. Apparently, they exist, but I've never seen one...

Secondly, I suspect that it would be quite a lot of trouble to get going; Debian try to minimise the amount of patching that they do to a 'vanilla' kernel in order to get their kernel, but I'm not sure that minimising patching is one of Fedora's objectives. So I suspect that there would be some incompatability there, but it might be minor (like ending up with config files in two locations, or something, which you could work around).

And, I'm not sure which package management system you would expect to implement; maybe neither would work properly, but you might still be able to get something working in spite of that.

It would be easier if it were debian and a debian-derived distro, although they still have to both be compiled for the same arch with the same compiler version and against the same libs.

So, up to a point, and depending on how much you like trouble, this sounds possible, but I have to ask 'Why would you do it?'.


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