I have to say my impression is that the gentoo devs maintaining the kernel sources does a damn fine job. New versions appears in the three at a very nice rate and keeping up with the relentless pace of vanilla. At the time of this writing the latest stable kernel is 188.8.131.52 and portage just gave me 2.6.23-gentoo-r6. Good stuff. I’ve been compiling gentoo-sources for a few years now and it has never been smoother. A simple
emerge -Nqa world
- copy the old .config to the new source dir
- swap the symlink
Then run my dead simple shell script:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 #!/bin/sh mount /boot cd /usr/src/linux make && make modules_install mv /boot/bzImage /boot/bzImage.bak cp /usr/src/linux/arch/x86_64/boot/bzImage /boot cp /usr/src/linux/.config /boot/dotconfigurebackup cp /usr/src/linux/System.map /boot/System.map umount /boot
This was created prior to reading Diego Penetto´ with which I agree and future setups will follow that. Next, reboot. Very much hassle free, almost too good as the main reason my choosing gentoo is to learn stuff ;-) The smooth operation and this interesting read: http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/kernel/maintenance.xml makes me even more keen on gentoo. dsd really seems to ‘get it’. The more the merrier and he certainly contributes in a positive manner.