Linked by Clinton De Young on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 03:07 UTC
Debian and its clones If you are reading this, I assume you already know what the Linux kernel is and why you may want to update it. However, if you are accidentally reading this walkthrough, just happen to be running Linux, and have no idea what the kernel is or why you would want to update it, the next two paragraphs are for you (if you are looking instead into a less verbose and more generic way of updating your kernel on any Linux distro, read here). In a neophyte nutshell, the Linux kernel is the brain of the Linux system. It tells your system which file systems, hardware, protocols, etc. are supported. There is a lot more to it than that, of course, but I think that diminutive description will suffice for now.
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by emey on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 12:30 UTC

The above doesn't work especially for newbies. It is easy for an experienced person to say and do it but not for newbies. Sometime the newbies ask "How to RTFM" since they don't even know about man ..., info...., *** --help and other command to read the manual. There are a lot more people than came from non-unix world comapared to those familiar with the said command that unix use.

So the best thing is the articles such as this one. And for any newbies that looking for guidelines on Linux, most information can be found easily at . Here many howtos are available for reference. Other alternative is just googling the web.

By the way, I think Debian kernel source for 2.4.20 still didn't fix the bugs fo ALI 15x3 chipset which cause the kernel to hang during boot time. I've to path it to eanble my laptop to work. And I think many other distro also having this problem such as Mandrake.