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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Iconoclast
by Strike on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 13:31 UTC

I'll have you know that I've spent plenty of time writing documentation that wasn't just for Linux, but specifically geared at newbies. Not only that, I've given personal attention to helping newbies become more familiar with Linux for about 3 years now. I've written several articles for what was LinuxNewbie.org and has recently become JustLinux.com, not to mention I moderated the forums there (for a span of time there, I was pretty much the only moderator around) for several years, helping innumerable people both directly and through maintaining a community site. So you can spare me your lectures and name-calling, because I have most certainly "done my part" to advancing the newbie community.

Besides, I did provide the basic instructions right there in my post. No, they aren't a step-by-step process, but it's a starting point. Anyone who is semi-familiar with APT can figure out how to apt-cache kernel source. And from there, it's relatively easy to figure out. This totally ignores the fact that the Debian kernel image debs are suitable for the vast majority of cases. The only cases I can see where you might need to use a different kernel (and the Deb kernels are more modularized than what most people produce thanks to the initrd part, so "slimming it down" isn't an excuse) is if you have hardware that isn't supported by the current kernel debs, and the kernel modules require a patch to the kernel instead of just a binary installation.

So, in short, Iconoclast, call me part of the problem all you want but I sleep soundly at night knowing that I've definitely done my part whereas you seem to get your jollies by crying foul at those who provide criticism.