Simple question - complicated answers

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Wed Sep 26 15:58:44 UTC 2007

jack wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-09-26 at 11:32 -0400, Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>> jack wrote:
>>> You're likely to get a few different answers to this question...
>>> If you want to "see what the kernel looks like" in my book, downloaded
>>> kernel-sources, then go into the src directory.  All of the code which
>>> compiles into a Linux kernel is there.
>>> If you mean "what does the binary" look like, then get ready for an
>>> interesting view...
>>> get the linuz/linux/whatever you named it file in /boot, and open it in
>>> a binary/hex editor, or you can use adb or sdb.  Unless you "read"
>>> kernels as a twisted hobby, or do it for a living, you won't be
>>> impressed.
>> I think there's also a wall poster available of the linux kernel mapping 
>> out various source files and how they are related to one another.
> Bart - can you dig up a link to this??? I would love to have a look at
> it!

Hope you don't mind that I'm also cc'ing this to the list, in case 
anyone else had a casual interest in it.

This PDF is just the code colored as TUX, I believe:

This one is older, and the article said you can't get it in 
you might have to do something like go to Staples or something like that 
where they can print a poster for you.

This one was the poster I had in mind.  It was generated by an 
open-source program.  It said that LinuxCare would/does/had posters for 
sale of the results.

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list