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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Re: Iconoclast
by Anonymous on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 12:35 UTC

Its nice to see that not all Linux users are terse and selfish with their knowledge.

As someone who has put forth a lot of effort in documenting process such as getting your CD burner working, building a kernel, and creating your own LAMP project (besides numerous other papers and howto's), I take great offense to this comment. It's not that all advanced users are adverse to helping newbies... it's that most topics (especially building a kernel) have been documented extensively online already. I find that most beginners are just too lazy (yes, lazy!) to research this information at all.

Just as you shouldn't stereotype about all advanced users, I shouldn't cast all beginners into this role. Fact is, I had to start somewhere as well... it was at a local Linux User's Group. The folks there were very helpful, and I go back routinely to give talks on a variety of topics.

Again, it's not that "we" are being terse... but we appreciate when folks show some manner of effort. Particularly since we aren't getting paid for any of our services. It seems like the only time most newbies are even aware of our work is when they might get promoted on a site like this. Heaven forbid they use Google to find the information they require.