Linux News Today: Unofficial Linux Kernel 4.4.1 Available Now for Slackware 14.2 and Derivatives
Softpedia has been informed today, February 4, 2016, by Linux developer Arne Exton about the general availability of a custom Linux 4.4.1 kernel for Slackware Linux and derivatives.
According to Mr. Exton, users of the Slackware 14.2 Linux operating system, as well as any other Slackware-based distribution, can now install the latest stable and most advanced Linux 4.4.1 kernel using a custom build created by the developer specifically for these types of GNU/Linux OSes.
“I have compiled a very useful (as I think) 64-bit kernel for Slackware-Current (14.2) and all Slackware derivatives,” Arne Exton reveals for Softpedia. “The kernel is compiled the same way as Slackware’s latest kernel huge. “My” kernel 4.4.1-exton-huge has, even more, support for new hardware, etc.”
How to install Linux kernel 4.4.1 in Slackware 14.2 and its derivatives
As mentioned before, Mr. Exton’s Linux 4.4.1 kernel is compatible with any Slackware-based operating system, including, but not limited to, Slackware Current 14.2, Slax, Zenwalk, and SlackEX, but only on the 64-bit editions of these GNU/Linux distributions.
The installation is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is to download the linux-kernel-4.4.1-x86_64-exton-huge.txz archive, save it to your Home directory, extract its contents, and use the command below to install it on your Slackware-based operating system.
Users are being informed by Arne Exton that the installation of his custom Linux kernel 4.4.1 package will overwrite the existing kernel, thus the /boot/vmlinuz file. Therefore, it is recommended that make a backup first. After installation you might also need to modify your custom GRUB bootloader configuration.
Nvidia users must know that they need to take a look in the /etc/modprobe.d directory before restarting the computer, and remove the “blacklisting” of the Nouveau open source graphics drive kernel module in the nvidia-installer-disable-nouveau.conf and blacklist.conf files.