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Compiling 2.6.27 13 October, 2008

Posted by aronzak in Linux.
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Compiling your own kernel is something of a rite of passage. For me, it was convenient to update to the latest kernel in order to use those wireless drivers. Well, if you didn’t know, here’s how to do it:

– Be prepared to install some development tools if you don’t already have them. Make will throw up an error if this happens.
– Download the latest kernel source. this will be about 40 MB.
– Extract
– Run ‘make menuconfig’ to configure the kernel. But you probably don’t know how to, and just want the defaults.
– ‘make’. This will take quite a long time
– ‘make modules_install’ and ‘make install’. That’s what works for me.
– If not configured already, edit /boot/grub/menu.lst. update-grub can do this automagically.

Well, there you go. Now you’re a *real* Linux user. Can you feel the power flowing through your veins?

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