LinuxDevices: Moving an Existing System to the 2.6 Kernel

“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

“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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