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HimTortons
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:51 pm    Post subject: Kernel Configuration Reply with quote

I'm still really new to Gentoo and I'm just trying it out now by installing it inside a VM but I'll probably install on an second hard drive once I get my new Graphics Card. I'm at the part of the Installation now where I have to configure the Kernel but I don't really know what to build into the Kernel, what to enable as a module and what to leave out. Could someone tell me what I need to enable, what I need to enable as a module, and what to disable entirely? It's a bit overwhelming but I'm sure once someone gets me on the right track I'll probably understand it a bit better
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HimTortons,

There are two approaches to kernel building.

The first, implemented by genkernel and the binary distros is to build a fully modular kernel. Almost nothing is built in and every module known to Linus is made as a module. The resulting kernel will run on the right architecture anywhere. This allow you to bypass learning to build your own lean mean kernel until later.

The process is outlined in this 10 year old post but its still correct.
Some of the detail has changed.

In the
Quote:
Have to hand (or accessable) the following :-
I would add
Code:
lsusb output

Then there is kernel-seeds.org which is a bit more up to date and much more detailed.
Its essentially the same process.

Hint: It won't work the first time.
The good news is that you tell us the Panic messages or other problems and we lend a hand. You don't start over, you fix what you have.
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