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    Default Installing new kernel

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a CS student and would like to experiment installing new kernel on my own (i.e. build, configure..). I already tried this on my Ubuntu installation but it caused 'kernel panic' error.

    Before I try my new experiment on openSuSe I'd like to know if there are any SuSe-specific steps I need to follow or if the following standard approach is sufficient:

    - run 'make defconfig' with new kernel source
    - run 'make menuconfig' and configure Device Drivers for Dell support
    - build the kernel with 64-bit support

    My question is: will this kernel installation approach work on openSUSE or should I try some other methods like using 'git' command? (I'd prefer conventional approach, if at all possible, as it's distribution independent).

    Thank you,

  2. #2

    Default Re: Installing new kernel

    I used How to forge when I started building kernels for Ubuntu.
    Never tried one for openSUSE, But here is the howto anyway.
    Warning: not for the faint of heart!!!
    How To Compile A Kernel - The SuSE Way | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials
    Never Trust The Wolf
    Never Turn And Run From The Wolf (He Will Just Chase You down)
    Never Smile At The Wolf (He May Think you're Attacking him)
    Never Move Suddenly Around The Wolf, Just Look Him In The Eyes
    He Already Knows What You're Going To Do

  3. #3

    Default Re: Installing new kernel

    You might ask these questions in the Development forum.
    Box 1: OpenSuse 11.1/Win7 | Linux 2.6.27 Gnome | AMD 64 X2 6000+ | nVidia 8600GT | 2GB RAM
    Box 2: OpenSuse 11.2 | Linux 2.6.31 Gnome | AMD 64 3000+ | ATI X800 Pro | 1GB RAM
    Box 3: Win7 Premium Home | Intel P4 3.0Gz | ATI AIW 2006 | 2GB RAM

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    Check out by bash script compiler I talk about in message #62 below:

    S.A.K.C. - SUSE Automated Kernel Compiler - Version 2.00 - Page 7

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    Default Re: Installing new kernel

    Hi friends,

    Thank you very much for your replies. I have decided not to tinker with my SuSe installation - it's too important for me to break it - and the conventional way I tried to install kernel isn't guaranteed to work anyways.

    Lot's of useful information, thank you.

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    Default Re: Installing new kernel

    You can have more then one kernel. If the new one doe not work boot to the good one

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