How to recompile ubuntu kernel

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Thu Sep 30 07:00:56 UTC 2004

On Thu, Sep 30, 2004 at 01:59:58AM -0400, volvoguy wrote:

> I've always used stock kernels in the past, but I've also usually used
> "lowest common denominator" hardware as well. I think the stock Ubuntu
> kernel is for "i386". Would I be better off using the one labeled
> "i686" on a Pentium 4 system with Hyper-Threading? As someone hinted
> about earlier, does Hyper-Threading constitute the need for a SMP
> kernel?

Yes, you'll want an SMP kernel to take advantage of hyperthreading.  For a
Pentium 4, install the "linux-686-smp" package.

> If a different kernel would be better, is it simply a matter of
> installing it via apt-get or synaptic and then adding an entry for it
> in the grub.conf file?

Install it with apt-get or synaptic, and an entry is added to the grub menu
automatically.  There is only one step. :-)

 - mdz

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