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Kernel compiling

Kernels shipped with Linux distributions are, for stability reasons, old. Security fixes from current "stable" kernels are backported into the distro kernels. This means that if the stock kernel with your Linux distribution is working fine with the machine's hardware and workload then you should stick to the distro's kernel (as it will receive automated, hassle-free updates from the distro's repositories).

On the other hand, if you need support for newer hardware, file systems, or specific bug fixes not available in the older kernels, you might need to compile a custom kernel manually.

How to

Get the kernel sources


make sudo make modules_install sudo cp /boot/ sudo cp .config /boot/config-2.6.35-zen2 sudo cp arch/x86_64/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-zen2 sudo mkinitramfs -o /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-zen2 2.6.35-zen2 sudo update-grub2

Patch sets

kernel_compiling.1286304964.txt.gz · Last modified: 2010/10/05 18:56 by aorth