Home > Mac OS X > Compile your kernel on Mac OS X Compile your kernel on Mac OS X Submitted by Vincent Le Normand 2004-10-18 Mac OS X 8 Comments Here’s a tutorial explaining how to compile your Mac OS X kernel. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 8 Comments 2004-10-18 6:47 pm Could someone provide a reason for why this would beed to be done? 2004-10-18 6:54 pm you’re new here aren’t you? 2004-10-18 6:57 pm This is explained in the tutorial… 2004-10-18 7:34 pm Somewhat more work than on my Debian PC, but didn’t know it was possible.How often are those new kernels released? 2004-10-18 7:50 pm @fun (Jophn Deo) The new kernel is normal release about 30 days after the general update. ie: when Apple releases service pack 10.3.6, they’ll shortly release the new kernel. You can also pull code from the CVS tree. The public CVS is not the same as the Internel CVS tree; but it’ll normally be synced up with the internal shortly after the service pack. @point? (Marcus) When V-Tech created their super-computer; they twicked some of the motherboard sittings to get better throughput where they needed it. They also added thier own drivers for the faberic cards. You can also make your own modifications to the kernel. You could then recomile and test it on you system. Apple’s kernel has an open-source licence and if you send your changes back to Apple they may include them the next release of Mac OS X. 2004-10-18 7:56 pm … most propietary unixen allowed you to compile your own kernel. And people expected to have a compiler and a toolchain as part of their software distribution. It is nothing new in the Unix world. Of course that was before dynamic modules libs and whatnot… 2004-10-18 8:10 pm I did this on an old G3 tower I got here about 6 months ago, and it did NOT make one bit of difference…don’t get me wrong, I didn’t think it would matter…I’m just a geek so I had to. Don’t feel like there is any benefit other than being geeky. 2004-10-18 10:22 pm I wonder if the kernel could be built with XLC to any benefit… my suspicion is that it wouldn’t build… and if it did I’m not sure how much would really be gained.