Changing kernels

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    I have some questions about switching kernels:

    1. Is it possible to replace the kernel of one distro with another distro? (ie. Slackware distro with RedHat Kernel)

    2. How about using one Slackware variant's kernel on another Slackware variant? (ie. ZipSlack kernel on my DosLinux)

    3. Can I use an SCSI kernel even if I don't have any SCSI controller?

    Any opinion?

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    hi, im no expert, just my opinions about your questions...

    1) i think it`s possible, but with many error when booting... another kernel means also another dependencies to modules and so on. and if you haven`t compiled the modules, you ll get at leat errors / warnings!

    2) same thing

    3) yes of course.. i.e. many users have enabled usb although they dont possess any usb-device!

    if you just want to replace the kernel with another one, you won`t be happy with it.. try to install a clean kernel ... make menuconfig, make bzimage, make modules, make modules_instal..

    there are a lots of tutos to setting up a new kernel... just google for them!

    wudmx

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    As I understand it, all DISTROS are built around the Linux Kernel. The difference would be the kernal version of the DISTROS, and how your respective distro would allow you to change your kernel, so yeah I believe you can change the kernel.
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    1. Is it possible to replace the kernel of one distro with another distro? (ie. Slackware distro with RedHat Kernel)
    No you cannot, redhat kernel is made for the specific distro, I recommend you download a real kernel and compile it.

    2. How about using one Slackware variant's kernel on another Slackware variant? (ie. ZipSlack kernel on my DosLinux)
    I dont think so, but Im not sure.

    3. Can I use an SCSI kernel even if I don't have any SCSI controller?
    You can emulate SCSI by compiling the SCSI emulation option in the kernel and by passing the boot option in lilo: append = "ide-hdx"

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