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SubjectRe: Aunt Tillie builds a kernel (was Re: ISA hardware discovery -- the elegant solution)
On Tue, 15 Jan 2002, Marco Colombo wrote:

> On 15 Jan 2002, Thomas Duffy wrote:
> > On Tue, 2002-01-15 at 04:29, Andrew Pimlott wrote:
> >
> > > - Building from source is good karma.


> Every distro supplies a package with the source used to build their own
> kernel. Just recomplile it.

Really??? Have you ever tried this? RedHat provides a directory
of random patches that won't patch regardless of the order in
which you attempt patches (based upon date-stamps on patches or
date-stamps on files). It's like somebody just copied in some
junk, thinking nobody would ever bother.

Some distributions don't even provide source. They provide
copies of /usr/src/linux/include/asm and /usr/src/linux/include/linux
but nothing else. You have to "find" source on the internet.

Some distributions don't even provide that, instead they provide
copies of /usr/src/linux/include/linux and /usr/src/linux/include/asm
under /usr/include.

The "good-ol-days" where you could get 72 floppies from Yggdrasil,
install Linux, and spend the next 48 hours watching it compile
are long gone.

I have never found a distribution that uses modules, in which is
was even remotely possible to duplicate the kernel supplied.

Dick Johnson

Penguin : Linux version 2.4.1 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).

I was going to compile a list of innovations that could be
attributed to Microsoft. Once I realized that Ctrl-Alt-Del
was handled in the BIOS, I found that there aren't any.

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