Compiling the kernel
After installation, you have a default kernel with default modules. Modules can be seen as drivers which can are dynamically loaded when they are needed. Thanks to modules, the default installation is more flexible : more drivers may be included even if they are not used.
Unfortunately, they are still many case where you will have to recompile the kernel and the modules. For example, till now, if you plan to use an ATAPI CD writer, you will probably have to recompile : the CD writer software support only SCSI writers, so you have to enable the SCSI emulation.
You will find the sources under /usr/src/linux. In this directory, the file README contains documentation. If needed, you can also have a look in the directory /usr/src/linux/Documentation if it exists.
If you are already in graphical mode (XWindows), the shortest way to get started is to do the following as root user :
The name /lib/modules/2.2.12-20-bak is here for the example.
After this, you have to edit the file /etc/lilo.conf to include a new entry for the /boot/myImage.
This entry must be to first to act as default. Keep the old kernel as backup solution if something is going wrong.
Now, you have only to type
This validate the changes you have made to /etc/lilo.conf. You can then reboot and try ...
If you don't know how to reboot, type
ATAPI CD Writers
If you have an ATAPI CD writer and if you plan to use cdrecord, you will have to enable the SCSI emulation. While configuring with 'make xconfig', do the following :
For sound-cards support, it is highly recommended to load the driver as modules. So in 'Sound', check 'm' for 'Sound card support' and for the specific card you want to use.