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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Very helpful
by David Bruce on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 17:07 UTC

I was glad to see the author telling people to use make-kpkg to build the kernel, another of the many helpful advantages of Debian over many other distributions. I wonder why he told people to go to www.kernel.org for the source instead of just using apt:

#apt-get install kernel-source-2.4.20

Anyway, an excellent walkthrough. Also, the part on using SCSI emulation to get IDE cd recorders to work was great - I don't have any problems building new kernels, but I hadn't yet figured out why my new cd recorder plays but doesn't record under Linux. Thanks.