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Re: Kernel question

Walter Williams wrote:
> Greetings
> I have subscribed to this list server to find
> out more about non-Red Hat derivatives.
> Is the Debian distribution of the type that I 
> can,  when I want to update the kernel, 
> download a complete kernel tar ball or a patch
> file from what ever web site I choose, install it,
> and have things function properly? 

Sure can.  Fact is , that's how I been doing it.  There's also the "proper
Debian" method, called make-kpkg.  If you go that route, make *sure* to add
the epoch to the version number, or you'll wind up with the package
management system trying to replace your kernel at some point.

> The last coupe of times I did this to my current
> distro things went a muck. Fortunate for me I
> saved my current kernel and was able to boot
> from it. I didn't have too much problems with
> previous distro when I built custom kernels 
> with it. I was able to get a kernel update from
> anywhere and go to town with it.
> I am basically "shopping" for a new distro.

Yeah, I've dealt with RedHat a couple of times.  I put it onto my laptop,
where it lasted all of about an hour before I got rid of it and went back to
Debian.  I find the package management under Debian - using apt - to be
*much* easier than dealing with rpm's.  apt also has far better dependancy
handling than what I saw with RedHat.
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