How to compile a kernel for Ubuntu Karmic

Ubuntu Karmic has been released to the public a few days ago and it’s time to write up a How To Compile a Kernel article. Only a few small changes have been made to the way we have compile a kernel for Ubuntu Karmic compared to Ubuntu Jaunty but they are significant enough for it’s own how-to.

I wrote this how to because my laptop has 4GB of internal memory and with the default kernel that ships with Ubuntu Karmic the entire 4GB is not addressed.

Lets get started building our own custom kernel for Ubuntu Karmic from scratch.
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How to compile a kernel for Ubuntu Jaunty – Revised

As of Ubuntu Jaunty’s kernel 2.6.28-15.49 the kernel developers have made changes to the kernel source. The changes have such a big impact on how to compile a kernel for Ubuntu Jaunty that I had to revise my previous article. Lots ot the text in this article will look extremely similar to my previous article, but there are some big changes. If you already got the kernel source using git you will have to read my article on how to update the kernel sources to the latest version at my article Ubuntu Jaunty kernel sources changes.
Lets get started with creating our own custom kernel for Ubuntu Jaunty from scratch.
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Ubuntu Jaunty kernel sources changes.

If you compile your own kernel for Ubuntu Jaunty and you follow my git instructions you need to know the Ubuntu developers have changed the way they set up the kernel sources starting with kernel version Ubuntu-2.6.28-50.

One of the things that this change causes is you can’t really easily use git to merge the source of Ubuntu-2.6.28-50 or higher.
I will be explaining which steps to take so you can easily merge again and compile your own Ubuntu Jaunty kernel.
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