How to compile a 3.15 kernel on Linux the easy way using the command line.

Posted: June 11, 2014. At: 4:05 PM. This was 3 years ago. Post ID: 7383

Compiling a kernel on Linux is very easy using the command line. You may download the latest mainline kernel from This is 3.15. Extract the file using this command.

tar -xvf linux-3.15.tar.xz

Clean the source tree using this command.

make mrproper

Then open the configuration menus using this command.

make menuconfig

If you get an error for missing ncurses libraries; use this command to install the development headers.

sudo apt-get install ncurses-devel

Then begin the compilation with this command.

make && make modules

Once the compilation has completed; install the modules thusly.

sudo make modules_install

And install the new kernel this way.

sudo make install

Now that the kernel is installed; the source tree must be prepared. Perform this task by typing this command.

sudo make clean prepare

Then copy the entire source tree to /usr/src/linux-headers-3.15. I used Midnight Commander for this. This will allow you to build drivers for Virtualbox and the graphics drivers against the new kernel. This worked for me when I tried this; but I get an error when I try to build the ATI drivers against this kernel. But I am using the Radeon driver instead.

homer@deusexmachina ~ $ lsmod | grep radeon
radeon               1310147  0 
i2c_algo_bit           13503  1 radeon
ttm                    77524  1 radeon
drm_kms_helper         51307  1 radeon
drm                   277005  4 ttm,drm_kms_helper,radeon

That works very well.

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