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How to Compile the Linux Kernel

Sep 16, 2010, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

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"Compiling the Linux kernel used to be a rite of passage, or just a necessity, for running Linux. It's not something most users need to do any more, but if you really want to compile your own kernel we'll show you how.

"Even though it's not necessary, a lot of users still want to know how to compile the Linux kernel. Unfortunately, there's not just one way to do it. I'll show one way to build a kernel from source, but you may want to consult your distribution's documentation for the proper way to build from source for your distribution. Here we're going to build from source and install directly without creating an RPM or Debian package for the kernel. If there's a lot of demand, we'll do specific tutorials on creating kernels for Ubuntu and Fedora. Word of Warning

"When I first started using Linux in 1996, it was almost mandatory to compile your own kernel. Thankfully, things have change a lot since then. It's very rare that you need to compile your own kernel these days"

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