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Practical Linux by Bill Ball, John Ray, Michael Turner, M. Drew Streib

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Chapter 31. Managing the Kernel

  • Adding a module to the kernel configuration

  • Editing the Linux kernel configuration files

  • Managing modules

  • Managing processes

  • Recompiling the kernel

The kernel is the core component of every operating system. The performance of the kernel determines the most fundamental properties of the operating system, as it is an application's gateway to the computer hardware. Modern kernels provide preemptive multitasking capability, which allows multiple programs to operate seemingly at the same time. This is physically impossible with only one system processor, but the kernel schedules the processes in such a way that they seem to be running concurrently.

Although the Linux kernel is a complicated piece of software, it is one ...

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