Debian packages of the Linux-libre kernel

aurelien ice.cube at
Fri Feb 12 17:48:42 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-02-12 at 11:01 -0500, Quiliro Ordóñez wrote:
> 2010/2/12 白い熊 < at>
>         ---------- Original Message -----------
>         From: Quiliro Ordóñez <quiliro at>
>         Sent: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 07:29:20 -0500
>         > In Ali Gunduz's site there are instrucction for making your
>         own .deb. Could
>         > you please make it available for all if you make one? It is
>         not very
>         > difficult.
>         I can build a kernel fine, I'm mostly concerned about a
>         standard "config", i.e. what gets built as a module etc.
> Is this what you need?
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:~$ cat /proc/version
Linux version (root at gnu) (gcc version 4.3.2 (Debian
4.3.2-1.1) ) #1 SMP Wed Feb 10 06:37:54 AKST 2010

i goes on a libre-kernel with a part of from Ali Gunduz's receipe + a
part of correction of mail of the libre-kernel from Damian Fossi =
update libre kernel to libre kernel to libre kernel easy.

Thanks to you, Ali Gunduz and Damian Fossi.

Join mail of Damian Fossi,
and some modifications i writes on directly, dones the file join (it's
personnal note but free as in freedom).

Have a happy free day!

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How-To-compile-your-own-free-kernel-on-debian-based || last edit Fri Feb 12 2010.

Type: GNU documentation

License: gplv3 or later

Operating System : gNewSense metaD (Debian based)

Distribution: GNU / linux

Compile your free kernel on gNewSense metaD

This part is important and long (depending on the computers you have got)

How install compile your kernel on gNewSense metad :

If you are running on a fresh install or if you never made that type of operation before, you will need to install packages needed for kernel compilation. First, make sure your apt database is updated

sudo aptitude update

Install the needed packages

sudo aptitude install fakeroot kernel-package libncurses5-dev libqt3-mt-dev bzip2 wget build-essential

Go to last free kernel release

Copy the link adress of the free kernel version you want.

First go to /usr/src and get the source :

sudo wget''-libre/linux-2.6.''-libre.tar.bz2

Uncompress the archive file

sudo tar xvjf linux-2.6.''-libre.tar.bz2

Go to the newly created directory of the uncompressed source

cd linux-2.6.''


you have to edit a file in the kernel source before compiling

Edit on > linux-2.6.''/Documentation/lguest/Makefile

sudo gedit Documentation/lguest/Makefile

all: lguest



save and close

Now you can start the compilation of the last free kernel

normaly at this point you are already in /usr/src/linux2.6.''

sudo make clean mrproper

Now, you will need to have a base .config file that will control the build process. If you don't have a specific .config file, you can use the default file in the /boot directory. Just copy that into the source directory.

sudo cp /boot/config-* /usr/src

Now, you can review and change config variables. First, update your config file to the new options of the kernel source

sudo make oldconfig

and answer the configuration questions there. Enter yes for the module to be built into the kernel, m for it to be build modularly which will only load if needed and no to exclude the module. You can also enter ? to get information about the module. However, you don't have to worry too much as you will be able to revise your decisions in the next step.

Next, enter

sudo make xconfig

(make menuconfig is an alternative .config editing tool)

This will open an application that classifies and explains the properties and available modules you can either 'build into' the kernel, make modularly available or disable. When you are done, save it and exit.

Now, you can build your kernel. First enter

sudo make-kpkg clean

As the final command, enter

sudo fakeroot make-kpkg --initrd --append-to-version=-metad kernel_image kernel_headers kernel_source

You can change custom by metad value with anything as long it starts with - (minus sign) and has no whitespace in between. Optionally, you can add kernel_source at the end, if you want to build a source pack. You can also put CONCURRENCY_LEVEL=N (where N should be replaced by the number of CPU cores your computer has) at the beginning of the command to make the building process take advantage of multiple core systems.

The last command will take some time to complete. At the end, you will have linux-image and linux-headers (and linux-source if you chose) installation files.

go to linux-image and linux-headers files to the directory you want. Then, either go to that directory in terminal with cd command and install the two .deb packages:

sudo dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.''-metad.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-2.6.''-metad.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-source-2.6.''-metad.deb

Or, just double-click on the two files and click on the Install Package button.

Restart and choose free-metad kernel from your GRUB.


ali gundunz for the compilation


damian fossi for the modification part of the free kernel source


(all my personnal notes are under gplV3 or later type of licence.)


Last modification bring the Fri Feb 12 2010.


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