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    Post Linux Kernel compilation for newbies

    I've read the some posts about how hard it's to compile Linux kernel for newbie. I dissagree with it. But if it's too difficult to compile it yourself get Linux Kernel Auto-Magical Configuration Utilitity. Newest version 18.

    I also want to ask is it really so hard to compile it ?!

    Enjoy Linux!
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    I also want to ask is it really so hard to compile it ?!
    Hmmmm, Thats a vague question.... But a simple google search will show you that compiling, or recompiling the kernel is not an easy task...

    http://www.linux.org/docs/ldp/howto/Kernel-HOWTO.html
    http://www.freeos.com/articles/2589/
    http://www.zdnet.com/products/storie...213046,00.html
    http://www.jsward.com/linux/redhat-kernel.html

    Ive done it on RedHat with the help of some AO members, in RedHat its pretty easy as the last link shows... Not sure about other variats of Linux

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    All this sequence of actions is in README paper which comes with kernel source.

    Not sure about other variats of Linux
    The same easy job on all Linux'es. It not depends which ditribution you use.
    Give man a fish and he will ask for more.
    Teach man to fish and he will never ask again.
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    What's so hard about compiling the linux kernel? As long as you have a general understanding of what hardware is in your system, it shouldn't be a daunting task.

    Between the README that comes with the kernel source, and the wealth of information on the internet, there is no excuse to not learn how to compile your own custom kernel.

    When I compile my kernels, I always compile as much as I can as modules; including options which are not required, but may be needed at a later time (I.E video drivers, sound drivers, parallel port, USB, etc..) Also, I find the that the must intuitive interface to configure with is menuconfig. Using "make config" is just to hard and a much slower process, IMO. I guess you would use "make config" if you didn't have ncurses available to you, but I don't know why you wouldn't.

    As for the difference between compiling on various distros.... There is none. When compiling a new kernel for any distro out there, the process is exactly the same.

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