[K12OSN] custom kernel help

"Terrell Prudé, Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sat Sep 11 19:14:41 UTC 2004

Pedro Marques wrote:

> Hi
> Can anyone give a hint on which kernel source version should i use and 
> what is necessary on kernel configuration so that it can be used by a 
> thin client.
> thanks
> Pedro

Sure, Pedro.  What really matters is the kernel rev running on your 
server.  Remember that the clients netboot a special LTSP-ifyed kernel, 
and they don't ever run the server's kernel.  For example, my clients 
netboot kernel rev 2.4.19 (at work they netboot 2.4.18), but, in both 
cases (K12LTSP 3.1.2 and 2.1.2, respectively), the server itself is 
running kernel rev 2.4.26.  You do not need to update the kernel that 
the thin clients use to netboot, i. e. the one in /tftpboot.  If you're 
feeling especially techy, though, it's a good way to learn how to build 
LTSP-ifyed kernels and certainly worth the self-eductation that will result.

If I were you, depending on which version of RHL or Fedora you're 
running, I'd do the following:

For any version of Red Hat Linux since v7.1, or for Fedora Core 1, I'd 
go with the latest "official Linus Torvalds" v2.4 kernel from 
www.kernel.org if you can.  For FC2, which is based on Linux 2.6, I'd go 
w/ the latest v2.6 kernel.  Others may well tell you to just use yum to 
do so; it depends on what you're more comfortable with.

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