Re: [SOLVED] linux kernel source and sense of life
There a few things about getting the sources from kernel.org: They're usually a couple releases ahead. Second, there are many to choose from. Third, the *ubuntus do not use a stock kernel, it has Canonical supplied patches.
Get it from the repositories. In Synaptic search for "linux-source". Install it and that will get you a nice large tarball of everything, patches included. You'll find it in the folder /usr/src. Also search for and install "linux-headers" - you'll probably want "linux-headers-generic" (unless you're after -rt or -server or -386, etc). They will also be placed in /usr/src.
Since I sniff a possible kernel builder, you also want these packages: "build-essential" and "kernel-package" OR just get "linux-kernel-devel" which includes the first two and tools.
And some advice: Backup - everything - before you deploy your new kernel. Or try it in a VM. Broken kernel = broken box, to the point of being completely unusable.
Main system: Dell 1420n - C2D T5250, 4GB RAM, 120GB SATA. Ubuntu 8.04.3.
Assorted VMs (via VBox). Favorites: Fedora, FreeBSD, Solaris.