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Old 07-13-2003, 01:39 PM   #1
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Linux Kernel

I want to know how to get and install the newest kernel for Slackware. I actually have the 2.4.20

Old 07-13-2003, 01:55 PM   #2
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All linux distros run the same kernel. Go to and you can download the update from 2.4.20 -> 2.4.21, although you might want to get the full 2.4.21 sources so you can configure it from scratch.

After you download the sources, unpack them in /usr/src, then cd into linux-2.4.21 and 'make menuconfig'. You can also do 'make xconfig', but I find menuconfig easier and faster.

Then intall the kernel (instructions are all over


PS~ offers a kernel that is supposed to be easier on the newbie to compile and install.
Old 07-13-2003, 09:26 PM   #3
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Mate, if you're going to go to the hassle of a kernel upgrade why not drop in the cutting edge, the 2.5.8-pre3. Why settle for one lousy patch-minor point ? 2.4.20 => 2.4.21 ? That's just wimping out. What would the boys say ? Could you live with yourself afterwards ?

Ok I'm being a tool, but the point is that you've made an arbitrary decision to get the latest kernel. If you seek the adventure and thrill of kernel grappling and would use this miniscule upgrade as a pretext to start something, then alright, I'll shut up.

But, hypothetically, what if you found out that 2.4.21 was really the same as 2.4.20 except with some slight alterations to some device specific functionality that you're not going to use anyway, because you don't own any of the relevant devices, would you still be so keen ?

I like compelling reasons for my patching. But hell, maybe you don't anyway the huge sticky thread at the top of this forum is a newbie kernel guide, maybe there is a good place to check.
Old 07-13-2003, 10:15 PM   #4
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I dunno, a lot of people should enjoy the benefits of a small upgrade. Lots of essential technology like wifi is still experimental code, so every little bit counds.

As for have just inspired me : )



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