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Linux.com: Kernel Upgrade: Know Your Hardware

Jan 13, 2001, 16:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Richardson)

"Now that the 2.4.0 Linux kernel has been officially released, the great orgy of compiling has begun. Thousands of progressive Linux users are downloading kernel sources, preparing to reap the benefits of new and improved hardware support. As the flurry of upgrading goes on, many newer Linux users are searching the Web for kernel assistance. Many kernel help pages tell users how to compile the kernel, but do not explain how to prepare for a new kernel."

"The key to proper kernel configuration is knowing exactly what you have in your computer, and what you want to support (note the extreme emphasis on personal choice). The kernel can include modules for many possible devices, or be a minimalist piece of code for your particular beige box. Either way, your system configuration must be known before compilation."

"There are many specific things you need to know about your system to build the proper kernel. ... There are various mechanisms to obtain this information:

  1. Product Documentation...
  2. Visual Inspection...
  3. Examine Current System Configuration..."

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