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LinuxDevices: Moving an Existing System to the 2.6 Kernel

Feb 26, 2004, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Von Hagen)

"The white papers in this series highlight primary issues in migrating your existing drivers, development systems, applications, and custom Linux deployments to the 2.6 Linux kernel. The previous white paper in this series, "Migrating Device Drivers to 2.6", provided an overview of 2.6-related changes to device drivers, explained the new device driver compilation process, and discussed the implications of some of the new features of the 2.6 kernel to existing device drivers. This installment in the series provides an overview of converting an existing development system to use a 2.6 kernel.

"The kernel is the heart of the Linux operating system, managing all system threads, processes, resources, and resource allocation. Unlike most other operating systems, Linux enables users to reconfigure the kernel, which is usually done to reduce its size, activate or deactivate support for specific devices or subsystems. Reconfiguring the kernel to remove support for unused devices and subsystems is quite common when developing embedded systems, because a smaller kernel requires less memory, increasing the resources available to your applications..."

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