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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Stock kernel
by Kai on Wed 12th Mar 2003 07:11 UTC

I have been using Debian for quite some time, and I wouldn't dare compile my own kernel right now. It is too hard.

Use the STOCK KERNEL (e.g. kernel-image-2.4.20-k7 - Linux kernel image for version 2.4.20 on AMD K7) packages, and modconf the bits and pieces in or out.

This is a good howto, however the wrong approach imo for newbies and probably Debian users alike.