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 Tim Kelley on Mon 10th Mar 2003 12:31 UTC

I think it would be useful to add a warning about debian's default lilo.config, which does not prompt for which kernel to boot, which will have you cursing and swearing badly if your new kernel for some reason does not boot and you must go to a rescue disk. Just un-comment out the "prompt" statement and all will be OK.

Nice article.