In Which Our Hero Loses His Shame
Hello all.Â I have a small confession to make.Â You may know me as a moderator of LQ, bon vivant, long time Linux user and all round good guy.Â But what you don’t know is that I have a secret, one I have been keeping from you all because of the shame I feel about it.Â It’s a terrible, dark secret shame.
I have passed myself off as knowledgeable about things, offered advice and explained when people were going wrong.Â And all the time the voice in the back of my head was saying “fraud, you don’t know what you’re doing, tell them, tell them the truth”.Â And now, through this blog, here it is:
I have never successfully compiled my own kernel.
I know, it shocks you, I can tell.Â Really, I should have told you to go to your medicine cabinet to grab the smelling salts for your women folk and to send small children out of the room. Â I apologise.Â I’m afraid that reading this blog may have become detrimental to your health.Â Unfortunately for you, my secret hidden EULA (which you agreed to by reading the first word) means you can’t sue.Â In fact, I can probably sue you.Â So be warned.
I had tried and tried to compile the kernel in the past, but I always gave up and stayed with the stock kernel when I forgot to comile something important into it.Â I usually ended up with a kernel panic or important things being unable to run.Â But no more.
I finally installed Gentoo (in fact, I’m posting from it now) and changed and compiled my kernel.Â It’s easier (in both cases) than I had thought.Â Admittedly, I’m using the all purpose genkernel as my base kernel, but I have changed things and recompiled and rebooted and found that nothing was broken.Â So that’s nice.
I can finally hold my head up and say “I did it, I recompiled my kernel”.