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What does Compiling a Kernel mean
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- Jul 2005
- Illinois, USA
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
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
12-17-2005 #5Originally 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?
12-17-2005 #7Originally Posted by Tommaso
12-17-2005 #8Originally Posted by Tommaso
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