So it's official, I was wrong. More people than not have compiled their own kernel. How cool is that?
Although, with 149 votes, I guess this poll isn't authoritative. 😃😃
@poetgrant I guess Tusky doesn't support the polling feature. Wahhhhh!
I need to try it again with my current Slackware setup. I bet I could optimize it... maybe. I have never really truly understood everything that goes into the kernel stuff. I mainly spent most of my time reading logs and message boards, then trying the kernel again and again. Hehehe most of the time I didn't know what I did that made the system load faster or slower.
I don't think you will... the way I understand it, the perp has to have physical access to the device to pwn it... but I could be completely wrong.
I was just trying out different tools that ship with Kali, trying to see how to access the BIOS password. I can't remember which one actually did the cracking for me, but it didn't take much. I could have guessed the password. It was 'hacker'. I hink CmosPwd was the tool that worked.. - 1/2
@stjohn @DistroJunkie but I used a bunch of others too just testing them out. I have never really used many of the Kali tools, just a couple of the basic crackers and data gathering tools. So this was all trial and error for me... it wasn't until after that I realized that I almost deleted the firmware from the chip.... 😃😃
@DistroJunkie - 2/2
I was thinking in my lizard brain and it looks like this virus stuff would be a perfect time for spy agencies to install some fun spy software via pressure on Intel. It is a perfect setup for it - 1/2
Hmm... someone pull me back into the Matrix! I don't like it out here! I just want my steak dinner and perfect lawn!
@DistroJunkie - 2/2
The first time I compiled a kernel was when I needed newer radeon drivers with OpenGL 3.0 support on Linux Mint. I didn't know what I was doing, I was just following the tutorial, but the kernel compiled and worked correctly.
The second time was when I was patching drivers for touch buttons on my laptop. I downloaded Arch's PKGBUILD for kernel, modified the source, and built it with makepkg, with Arch's default config. It worked fine too.
Third time was part of Advanced Operating Systems course, when we were supposed to build the latest kernel on the VM, so that we can modify it later as part of the labs/assignments.
In all 3 situations, I used a config from someone else.
Never really tried messing with make menuconfig.
@poetgrant @DistroJunkie It also enables you to get a more secure (and possibly slightly less efficient) kernel than what mainstreams distros configures: https://kernsec.org/wiki/index.php/Kernel_Self_Protection_Project/Recommended_Settings
@poetgrant @DistroJunkie Along with several Gentoo installs, I did very early on in my Linux life. I was still on Ubuntu 14.04 and coming from Windows, I didn't understand what a repository was, and how the distribution handles your packages. I just thought that you were always supposed to have the latest kernel, made sense to me. So I downloaded, compiled and installed the latest kernel on it. It was a great experiment and ran fine. Didnt last long because I moved on to Mint shortly thereafter.
@poetgrant I do still have it on my "bucketlist" but I don't see much use for me personally honestly...
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