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GNULinux.com: Rebuilding the Linux Kernel for Complete Newbies

May 30, 2000, 17:19 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tommie Giles)

[ Thanks to BeOpen for this link. ]

"We're going to address a very common event in the life a Linux user: rebuilding the kernel on a Linux-based computer. The motives for recompiling your kernel will vary. You'll may this to add or remove components needed for normal operation. You may want the kernel rebuilt to make your machine faster and more robust, or so Linux will be able to support hardware it cannot with an older kernel. Either way, kernel rebuilding is beset with its own idiosyncrasies. In this article, we are ready to walk you through the process of the how's and why's of recompiling, with some concise instructions on how it's done."

"Note: Kernel rebuilding is not for the squeamish. If you are doing it for the first time, you should begin by backing up all your important stuff and printing these instructions out before going any further. If you have room and the expertise, you should also create a scratch partition you can load Linux in and use it for practice before reconfiguring your normal system. You have been warned. If you trash your system, buck up and reinstall."

"RedHat users, please pay particular attention to the *Note sections. These section have special instructions for your RedHat system."

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