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.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
@strike
by dannyW on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 21:57 UTC

Considering you can install the kernel source via apt, and basically just untar, copy a config files, run make oldconfig, and then run the make-kpkg stuff ... this tutorial is more like a generic kernel install than it needs to be. Plus the kernel sources gotten via apt have been patched for cramfs support so you can use the nice initrd option that is standard in debian kernels, which you don't get from vanilla sources.

OK, I'm an experienced Windows user (6 years) who has built his own PCs and installed the MS OSes many times. However, I'm a complete noob when it comes to linux, but I'm planning on becomeing a linux user - and therefore perhaps can offer a perspective. OK - FWIW:

Strike's paragraph above means jack sh|t to me. Sorry buddy, but the article was way, way, way, more helpful to a noob than your snobby little text that basically may as well have been written in greek. Now, you can go ahead and call me names, MS drone and whatever other snobby little junk you can come up with, but it is funny for you to think that somehow YOUR text is superior to the one you are criticizing - as a noob, I can tell you it absolutely is not... and I'm not computer-illiterate.

Basically, it comes across as if your beef is that the author addressed complete noobs in too simple a language, and so somehow tread on your sacred ground, and you advocate making things harder for the "uworthy masses". Thanks, but no thanks.

Anyhow, I do not intend to throw myself out there with a bunch of questions. My first course of action will be to get a primer text on Linux and read it, then use google to read some more, and then try working it out on my own. Only if I absolutely cannot find out stuff on my own would I turn to a forum. And when I do, I'll try hard to completely ignore the RTFM types such as you.

One piece of advice - if for some reason you think the question is stupid (rightly or wrongly), and you don't feel like answering PLEASE SHUT YOUR MOUTH and resist the impulse to say "RTFM" (to which I'd answer GFY). Tellings someone RTFM is plain rude and most importantly UNHELPFUL. If you can't say anything helpful, don't say anything at all, certainly silence is prefereable to "RTFM".