FreeOS.com: Compiling the Linux kernelNov 05, 2000, 22:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)
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"Compiling the Linux kernel could either be the coolest thing you've done under Linux or the most frustrating. But it is also something any serious Linux user cannot avoid. Newer kernels support the latest hardware. Bugs will have been fixed and performance enhanced."
"The Linux kernel is the heart of the operating system. This is the software that takes care of the programs that are currently running on your system as well as handling the interactions of those processes with your hardware. The kernel will decide how much CPU time and usage is allowed to the various programs."
"Why would you need to compile a kernel? Well, the Linux kernel is what interfaces with your hardware and newer hardware is always out in the market. A newer kernel will probably support that hardware. Hardware might not be the only reason you will want to upgrade to a newer kernel. The kernel is not flawless code. There are always going to be bugs found and fixed. The kernel will need to be patched and re-compiled with these fixes in place."