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Old 03-27-2005, 05:51 PM   #1
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Kernal updating


How do you update a Kernal? What is the purpose of it? Why do you recompile your kernal?
 
Old 03-27-2005, 06:12 PM   #2
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to compile drivers / modules you need for your system for instance you may need a driver for you network card which is isnt selected by default.

to get rid of all the drivers / modules you dont need, to make the kernal smaller and faster.

to confgure your kernal from the default settings, eg under the defualt kernel the CPU is set to a generic type, but if your running a intel P4 you want the kernel to take advange of it, right? so you would change it to intel P4.

oh and look up in the page to the sticky which says 'kernel compling for newbies'

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Old 03-27-2005, 08:24 PM   #3
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ohh how about updating???
 
Old 03-27-2005, 09:14 PM   #4
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Just download the latest sources from kernel.org, read the sticky at top of forum, and read the kernel howto on tldp.org and you will be a kernel expert in no time. If you ask the question why do I compile a kernel? You don't need to compile a kernel. When the time comes for you to compile a kernel you will know it.
 
Old 03-28-2005, 10:30 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by rovitotv
Just download the latest sources from kernel.org, read the sticky at top of forum, and read the kernel howto on tldp.org and you will be a kernel expert in no time. If you ask the question why do I compile a kernel? You don't need to compile a kernel. When the time comes for you to compile a kernel you will know it.
you forgot to add "....young Padawan." onto the end
 
Old 03-28-2005, 11:50 AM   #6
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Originally posted by rovitotv
Just download the latest sources from kernel.org, read the sticky at top of forum, and read the kernel howto on tldp.org and you will be a kernel expert in no time. If you ask the question why do I compile a kernel? You don't need to compile a kernel. When the time comes for you to compile a kernel you will know it.
.......Grasshopper.



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Old 03-29-2005, 04:14 PM   #7
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Re: Kernal updating

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Originally posted by Nullhellfire
How do you update a Kernal?[/b]
Normally downloading it if there is a new one available.

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What is the purpose of it?
Getting this nice penguin logo shown at startup and filling your screen with weird stuff during boot.

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Why do you recompile your kernal?
For fun's sake, no I'm not kidding, a normal user has no need to recompile a kernel, everything you need in a modern distro is included as so-called 'modules' and used if needed. It's something more or less like those windows drivers.
You install your distro, watch with up2date or what your distro's auto-update app is, click on it, download the stuff and your done.

The only thing which could cause a normal person to recompile it's kernel every time would be if he/she is a follower of the Sect of Larry the Cow (damn Gentoo freaks, stay away from them). The first aphorism of the sacred book of this sect, the "Supreme Sutra of Celestial Portage" says:

"If it moves compile it!"

(Well, the second aphorism is "Muuuu!", it's a cow, you can't expect more from cattle)

So we poor followers of this sect are forced to recompile every bit of our systems every two weeks or so, and the damn kernel at least twice a day.
In order to recompile a kernel you will need: An xterm, fingers, a keyboard and optionally kernel sources to play with, another optional thing which would be of some use would be a computer, switched on if possible and running Linux.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You can use another guy's box, but please, use only fingers you legally own!!

After having recompiled the kernel you can expect an extreme computer experience with the latest high-tech features like:

Kernel Panic, system freezes, stuff that does't run and the new killer-feature: random reboots!

Sound K3W1, doesn't it?
 
  


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