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Old 08-29-2003, 05:16 PM   #1
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compiling the kernel


I am new to linux and I installed Slackware 9.0 in June. I have been reading through the threads and have noticed that usually people are recompiling the kernel right after the install of linux is completed. I never recompiled the kernel and went on to set up X-windows. I would like to know if I recompiled the kernel now, would it cause any problems with the things I have already configured.( Pretty much only x-windows)

Any help is appreciated
 
Old 08-29-2003, 09:58 PM   #2
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If you compiled your kernel correctly, you won't have any problems at all.

As for X, the only thing that you need to do is to reinstall the nvidia drivers if you're using nvidia cards. This is because the drivers are specifically compiled according to your kernel settings.
 
Old 08-29-2003, 10:38 PM   #3
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I just heard about this. I thought recompile kernel is when you're upgrading kernel or change kernel configuration.
 
Old 08-29-2003, 10:46 PM   #4
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I just heard about this. I thought recompile kernel is when you're upgrading kernel or change kernel configuration.
Yes, and the reason you would want to upgrade your kernel is when there are fixes/improvements to features you use, eg. better performance of your hardware due to code modifications. Or support for a particularly troublesome hardware is added in, eg. specific network cards or modems.

Another thing is that the stock kernel supplied with Slack is optimized for 386. You will have better performance gains by recompiling it for your specific architecture, eg. AMD Athlon or Pentium 4, etc.
 
Old 08-30-2003, 08:09 PM   #5
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Thx

Thanks for the help. I find myself constantly learning with linux
 
  


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