Find the answer to your Linux question:
Results 1 to 8 of 8
I apologise if this has already been posted, before, i didn't find it using search, but what does it mean to compile your kernel, and what does it accomplish. Is ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Linux User Tommaso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    292

    What does Compiling a Kernel mean


    I apologise if this has already been posted, before, i didn't find it using search, but what does it mean to compile your kernel, and what does it accomplish. Is it like compiling some computer code?

  2. #2
    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Posts
    5,035

  3. #3
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Illinois, USA
    Posts
    111
    compiling a kernel means that you're basically building the core of what a linux system runs on. Usually, you can compile a kernel to meet your specific purposes and to fit your specific hardware. There's my 2 cents

  4. #4
    Linux User Tommaso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    292
    Alright, thanks guys. So basically, if you use yum to get the latest kernel, you won't need to go through all of that labor to compile your kernel, but at the same time you won't get the most recent kernel version. So basically everyone who compiles their kernel, is a super geek who needs the absolute latest versions of software

  5. #5
    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Posts
    5,035
    Quote Originally Posted by Tommaso
    Alright, thanks guys. So basically, if you use yum to get the latest kernel, you won't need to go through all of that labor to comile your kernel, but at the same time you won't get the most recent kernel version. So basically everyone who compiles their kernel, is a super geek who needs the top of the software
    Sorry, but no. Re-read that article.

  6. #6
    Linux User Tommaso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    292
    Alright, fine. If you update your kernel, it is so that specific hardware will function, or so that specific bugs get fixed.

    Did i get it right this time?

  7. #7
    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Posts
    5,035
    Quote Originally Posted by Tommaso
    Alright, fine. If you update your kernel, it is so that specific hardware will function, or so that specific bugs get fixed.

    Did i get it right this time?
    Pretty much :P

  8. #8
    Linux Guru budman7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Knee deep in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Posts
    3,242
    Quote Originally Posted by Tommaso
    So basically everyone who compiles their kernel, is a super geek who needs the top of the software Smile
    i would not call myself a super-geek, just a regular geek.

    It takes me about 10-15 minutes to go through the the menuconfig,
    45 minutes to an hour for my computer to compile and install it,
    A few minutes to edit grub,
    voila, new kernel.

    After doing it a few times, it does not seem difficult anymore.
    But when I first started, I didn't try distros where you had to compile it yourself. i.e Sourcemage
    How to know if you are a geek.
    when you respond to "get a life!" with "what's the URL?"
    - Birger

    New users read The FAQ

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •