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 Strike on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 20:52 UTC

Hooray for passing judgement on someone who you don't know! The world needs much more of that!

People like Strike and the rest of them, although they deny being what they are, are mostly advanced users who relish humilliating newbies and directing them to RTFM, which IMO, and for the most part, is badly written and lack clear and precise instructions for newcomers; to them, we are drooling morons, I guess "priests seldom remember when they were altar boys".

Gee, is that why I more or less single-handedly supported a community forum for over 10,000 NEWBIE Linux users for the span of several years?

Besides, none of you are addressing the main point at all. The point is that generic kernel compile tutorials exist all over the place. If you are going to make one specifically tailored for a distribution, you should use all the resources that were designed specifically for building kernels in that distribution. In this case, that includes things like the kernel source packages, and this tutorial (which isn't a bad one by any means) leaves those out where it would be better served including them.