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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"basically just untar, copy a config files, run make oldconfig, and then run the make kpkg stuff..." The above states the problem new users face with Linux veterans. They use the jargon; it comes easily off their tongues. They add words like "just" and "basically" to make you think you're a simpleton to not know what they're talking about. RTFM might be an adequate answer if the FM's were written in clear standard English. Sadly, they're not. Therefore, thanks to Clinton, to Iconoclast (for clarifying our position), and to Strike for providing us with a bad example of Linux tech support.