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Old 04-14-2008, 10:45 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Bruce Hill
Nobody said don't upgrade the source ... we said don't touch the kernel headers.
I thought that the headers were part of the kernel's source. I did a diff to confirm this. But they install on different directories so they must be used on different things.

Originally Posted by Bruce Hill
Why don't you look at my guide and just try it one time?
I don't feel ready to compile the kernel yet. The last time I tried, I forgot to include iptables. I will just stay away from kernel compiling till I feel more certain of how things work in my distribution.

I think I am going to wait till 12.1 comes out :-P
Old 04-14-2008, 05:34 PM   #17
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jsmith6, you can always start with the generic kernel that comes with Slackware 12.0 (or -current, if you want) and just add or remove options that you KNOW you need/don't need. For example, to avoid creating an initrd every time you compile a kernel, you could just add filesystem support to the kernel instead of as modules and compile -- it will most certainly work without difficulties. Then, when you feel more brave, go through the options using `make menuconfig` one by one and remove options that are sure you don't need. Of course, you don't *have* to learn to compile a kernel, and you can always use the kernel from -current -- but you should never touch the kernel headers, as seen previously ().
Old 04-14-2008, 06:00 PM   #18
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Thanks for speaking out for the underdogs Franklin!

Originally Posted by Franklin View Post
We also can't forget that there are people who buy the cd's because they don't have dsl or cable. Fewer than in the past, but they are still out there.
I will admit to having just purchased a 'subscription' to the Slackware dvds in part because I would like to support the Slackware project but also because dsl in Australia pretty much sucks. I have downloaded the dvd from work previously but my employer would be unhappy if an audit ever revealed this. My efforts to mirror slackware -current were more than a little sad, looks like it would have taken over 24 hours to download and then of course it changes the next day :-)

One more point: There are people who use linux that are not comfortable building their own kernel and wait for the next release to get the added functionality that a new kernel provides. This is probably less of an issue with slackware users than with other distros, but I know they are out there because I was one of them 4 years ago.
Still there myself! I am waiting for 12.1 and the new kernel to install on my new laptop with the fancy broadcom wifi :-)



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