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Thread: Why kernel is always generic?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Why kernel is always generic?

    I figured that the kernel version for my architecture (AMD 64) is always "generic" (now I'm using linux-image-2.6.27-11-generic).

    Before migrating to Ubuntu, I used Debian and when there was an kernel update it was always named as "AMD64" (in my case it would be linux-image-2.6.27-11-AMD_x86_64 or something like that).

    This is not a problem, I want just to know if there is a best kernel compilation for my systems.
    "Linux has half of my heart"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Charlotte, NC

    Re: Why kernel is always generic?

    From my basic understanding, generic just means it's the main version of the kernel. There are other custom kernels that you can compile for specific needs, and installing custom kernel modules into the generic kernel.
    Sorry, perhaps a programmer or a more of an expert can answer better.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Why kernel is always generic?

    I have the same situation and actually have a bit of a problem with it. Some packages are explicitly compiled for 64bit and 32bit, the 64bit ones can not be installed. For a office suite it may not matter at all, but when installing a video transcoder this might bring inefficiencies, I guess.
    I have searched for a amd64 kernel for intrepid but could not find one.
    So is it a design or we can do something to change it locally on our system?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    hacking on my Debian box

    Re: Why kernel is always generic?

    Do compile your own, it's not too hard, you get a wee bit of education and to have a lot of fun with it. Not to mention the geek cred.

    $ uname -a
    Linux libero 2.6.26mf #1 Tue Mar 3 21:41:46 EET 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    (it's an older kernel but it's a custom job neverthless)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    Re: Why kernel is always generic?

    If you want to compile your own kernel, you'd best download the source using
    sudo apt-get install linux-source
    rather than downloading it from
    You may also need some additional tools, not sure which ones.
    Just google for help
    "Just let the spinning wheel spin,
    and let your life begin!" - Arch Enemy

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