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Recompiling a Kernel

Postby will on Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:16 pm

I've did a "uname -m" and confirmed that I have an i686 machine. Since Mint is compiled for i386 (like most distros) I am playing around with the idea of recompiling the kernel to get faster speed out of Mint and just to learn how :D

Is it worth it? Is it complicated? Can someone point me towards a verified tutorial?

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Recompiling a Kernel

Postby scorp123 on Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:42 pm

will wrote: I've did a "uname -m" and confirmed that I have an i686 machine.

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cat /proc/cpuinfo


will wrote: Since Mint is compiled for i386 (like most distros) I am playing around with the idea of recompiling the kernel to get faster speed out of Mint and just to learn how :D
"most distros" = i386 is absolutely wrong IMHO; Nowadays "most distros" are geared towards i586 and only Debian-based distros (plus a few other rare exceptions) still support i386.

will wrote: Is it worth it?
If you really know what you do and if you need to run a server or if you depend on real-time calculations (CAD/CAM, rendering, controlling a nuclear powerplant, editing of very large media files, etc.): Yes. If you just run a desktop system: No. The differences are minimal. To really take full advantage of your CPU you'd have to compile everything from scratch and not just the kernel. In such a case you should use something like Gentoo Linux: http://www.gentoo.org

will wrote: Is it complicated?
Your mileage may vary. :twisted:

will wrote: Can someone point me towards a verified tutorial?
http://www.howtoforge.com/kernel_compilation_ubuntu

As this stuff was already asked here many times I will make this sticky + lock this thread, as all questions were properly answered to IMHO :wink:
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Re: Recompiling a Kernel

Postby Husse on Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:34 pm

Here's a link to a page that appeared after this post was posted
http://ubuntu-unleashed.blogspot.com/20 ... -with.html
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