Loadable modules are little pieces of kernel code that you can load and unload into the kernel memory space while the kernel is running.
make modules_install command (discussed in the "Installing Modules" section) installs the kernel module object files in
version is your kernel version number. Module object filenames end with
.ko in kernel versions 2.6.0 and later, and
.o in older releases.
All distributions use modules in some capacity. If you would like to see the modules currently loaded on your system, run this command:
The output should look something like this:
Module Size Used by es1370 24768 0 (autoclean) appletalk 19696 13 (autoclean)
This output includes