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Before we go any further, a quick discussion on the Linux kernel is warranted.

Slackware Linux includes at least two, but sometimes more, different kernels.

Fortunately, this doesn't require a reinstall to fix.

Unlike many other operating systems that hide the underlying details of how they work, Linux (and in particular, Slackware) gives you full control over the boot process.

If you're unsure what options to specify in the configuration file or on the command-line, there is one final option.

Slackware includes a nifty little utility that can tell what options are required for your currently running kernel LILO is the Linux Loader and is currently the default boot loader installed with Slackware Linux.

In contrast, the generic kernels support very little hardware without the use of external modules.

If you want to use one of the generic kernels, you'll need to make use of something called an initrd, which is created using the (8) utility. Currently the Slackware development team recommends use of a generic kernel for a variety of reasons. The huge kernels are currently about twice the size of the generic kernels before they are uncompressed and loaded into memory.

Conflicts between drivers included in the huge kernels do appear from time to time, and generally speaking, the huge kernels may not perform as well as the generic ones.

Also, by using the generic kernels, special arguments can be passed to hardware drivers seperately, rather than requiring these options be passed on the kernel command line.

There are kernels for single-processor systems and kernels for multi-processor systems (on 32bit Slackware).

In the old days, there were lots of kernels for installing on many different kinds of hard drive controllers. Each Slackware release includes different kernel versions and sometimes even slightly different names, so don't be alarmed if what you see doesn't exactly match what I have listed here.

If you are running an older machine, or one with some small ammount of , you will appreciate the savings the generic kernels offer you.

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