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How to Start Kernel Configuration

Starting Kernel Configuration

To configure compile-time kernel options, you must begin with the kernel source code. All major distributions ship with this, but it may or may not be installed by default. Many distributions make changes to the standard kernel (say, to add new drivers that aren’t yet standard). You may prefer to start with a standard kernel and add only those patches you need (it’s possible you won’t need any). Check or a major Linux archive site like for the latest kernel source code. (You can also obtain kernel source code from your Linux distribution, but many distributions ship with kernels that have been patched to include non-standard drivers. Using a more standard kernel can be beneficial if you run into problems and need help solving them.)

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