On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 12:34:10AM +0000, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> On Wednesday 07 January 2004 11:58, Liam Bedford wrote:
>> > Out of interest, what's the recommended way to install a new kernel on
> > Fedora, if it's not in fedora (say 2.4.24-ck1 or whatever)?
>> I don't know what the "recommended" way is,
> but personally I just get the kernel from www.kernel.org and compile it.
> Then I say "make modules_install; make install".
Do you at least remember to change EXTRAVERSION in the Makefile so
that you can distinguish individual builds of the same kernel version
and avoid over-writing your currently-running kernel and modules?
Or clean out /lib/mobules/<new-kernel-ver> before 'make modules_install'
to that stale, incompatible modules from a previous compile are not
left lying around?
> I'm completely baffled by the passion for downloading binary kernels.
> I've always thought one of the nice things about Linux is that
> it doesn't really matter which distribution you use,
> because you can always compile and install the latest kernel,
> and the kernel is what really matters.
There's more to your system than the kernel. Do you grab the latest
glibc release and build that on a regular basis? Or bash?
It's certainly a "nice thing" that you can do this, and I did my
share of upgrading to newer kernels in my earlier days.
But somewhere around late 2.2.x, I found myself uninterested in keeping
track of exactly which config options were expected by the rest of my
system. Do I need CONFIG_NETLINK and/or CONFIG_RTNETLINK. Should I
select all the various NLS codepages and charsets or what?
And when I saw how many other patches Red Hat applied to their kernels,
presumably for good reason, I decided that compiling my own was not
It's a bit like the Gentoo guys, I guess. If you've got the time and
inclination to do it, then by all means do. I'm not going to stop
you or discourage you. But you should also be able to understand why
some of us don't do it.
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