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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start from the /boot/config file
by Inigo Montoya on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 23:32 UTC

First of all respect to Mr. De Young for his work (though your a day late, because i compiled my kernel yesterday. would have spared me the Reading Of Fine Manuals ;) ) !
People who are in need of compileing a kernel on a debian based system allready installed a, at least to some degree, working kernel, the Woody kernel (remark). As far as i see its config file is placed in /boot (for exapmle in my case config-2.4.18-bf2.4). Why not start from this config file, use it as "guide". Are the differences between 2.2 and 2.4 based kernel-configs too big, to load it to menuconfig directly an customize?