Monkey Linux
current version 06
released 9/5/1997
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     Compiling the kernel takes a little work, but it’s well worth the effort.  Monkey comes factory fresh with a compressed kernel (3mide.030) that’s 304 KB in size.  No, that doesn’t sound like much, but if your machine is antiquated then a leaner kernel would be to your advantage.  Kernel compilation is your way to customize Monkey specifically for your machine(s).
     Before attempting to compile the kernel you should visit the Linux Documentation Project web page and read the Linux Kernel HOWTO.  It would be a shame if this tutorial was your only exposure to the Linux kernel, because there are so many good tutorials on this topic.  Make sure you have a hard copy of the steps in this tutorial before you begin.
     The first thing you’ll need to do is install the gccall.tgz and kernel2030.tgz software packages (review software packages tutorial).  It’s left to the reader to study modules and figure out his/her hardware configurations, both of which are vital for proper kernel configuration.  You can use the kernel configuration for my Compaq Presario 1210 as a guide.  After GCC and the Kernel Source Code have been installed follow these commands to configure and compile the kernel:
     cd /usr/src/linux                 DIRECTORY WITH KERNEL SOURCE CODE
     make config                       CONFIGURE NEW KERNEL
     make dep                          CREATE NECESSARY DEPENDENCIES
     make clean                        DELETE OLD OBJECT FILES
     make zImage                       COMPILE NEW KERNEL
     make modules                      BUILD NEW MODULES
     Now that we’ve configured and compiled ourselves a new kernel we need to test it.  Do so following one of these methods:
     METHOD 1
          1) Copy new kernel to / directory
               cp /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/zImage /
          2) Restart computer to DOS/Windows and alter Linux.bat
               rem loadlin 3mide.030 root=/dev/hda1 rw
               loadlin root=/dev/hda1 rw
          3) Restart computer to Monkey Linux
     METHOD 2
          1) Copy new kernel to floppy disk
               cp /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/zImage /dev/fd0
          2) Restart computer to DOS/Windows and alter Linux.bat
               rem loadlin 3mide.030 root=/dev/hda1 rw
               loadlin zImage root=/dev/fd0 rw
          3) Restart computer to Monkey Linux
     If all went well then the kernel managed to boot.  If not, undo the changes made to Linux.bat and try configuring the kernel again.  You may have gotten an error about modules not being found while the kernel booted.  Don’t worry because we haven’t installed them yet.  Here’s how to install our new modules:
     cd /usr/src/linux                 DIRECTORY WITH KERNEL SOURCE CODE
     mv /lib/modules /lib/modules.old  BACKUP OLD MODULES
     make modules_install              INSTALL NEW MODULES
     rm /lib/modules/*/modules.dep     REMOVE MODULE DEPENDENCIES
     Play around with your new kernel for a while and if you decide that you like it better than the original kernel then delete /3mide.030 and /lib/modules.old to save disk space.  On the other hand, if you like the original kernel more then restore it with your backups (/3mide.030 and /lib/modules.old).  Don’t forget to adjust linux.bat if you restore to the old kernel.

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