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Linux Journal: Tips for Testing the 2.5 Kernel

Apr 15, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Kroah-Hartman)

"Okay, now that you actually have been convinced to try the 2.5 Linux kernel, how can you test this kernel out. And, what should you do if you have any problems?

"First off, before you configure the 2.5 kernel--say, while you are downloading it--go read Dave Jones's excellent "What to Expect from 2.5" document. In that document, pay specific attention to the sections covering the Input Layer, the Framebuffer layer and module information. These sections of the kernel configuration process are the most confusing for newcomers to the 2.5 series. If you don't pay attention, it is very easy to end up with a kernel that either displays nothing on the screen or doesn't accept any input from the keyboard.

"After configuring the kernel with the specific hardware you have on your system, build the kernel, install it and reboot. Don't select all the drivers, here; a number of them do not compile because no one seems to have hardware for them anymore. If you've never done this build and install process before, I suggest you read the Linux Kernel HOWTO, which details all of the necessary steps involved. I also do not recommend that 2.5 be the first kernel you ever build on your own. Try the 2.4 kernel first to rule out any operator errors you might come across..."

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