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Red Hat Linux System Administration Handbook by Mark F. Komarinski, Cary Collett

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Chapter 17. Kernel Administration

Managing the state-of-the-art Linux kernel

The kernel is the heart and soul of your operating system. It manages the memory, CPU, and disks; every piece of hardware in your system needs it to function. The Linux kernel is one of the most flexible and customizable in existence, and managing it is fairly straightforward, but can be tricky at times.

Customizing Your Kernel

In virtually every flavor of UNIX, it is possible to configure the kernel to some extent. Usually this is done by specifying a set of external, loadable modules to insert into the kernel at boot-time. With Linux, you can do this and much more. In addition to being able to insert code modules manually at bootup, Linux can also load modules on-demand ...

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