Linux Mint 16 Tips & Tricks Part 2

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In this video I cover the step by step process to compile your own custom Vanilla Linux Kernel on Linux Mint 16 Petra…enjoy!

Kernel Sources:
BFS Patch:
Packages to Install: sudo apt-get install build-essential kernel-package libncurses5-dev bzip2 fakeroot

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  1. Thanks for this instruction. It's easy to follow until now. How to patch the linux kernel with 3.15-sched-bfs-449.patch when there is another one  bfs448-449.patch ?

  2. Hey Lou, great video. Started from a fresh install and got the following error when typing:
    make menuconfig

    The output is:
    HOSTCC  scripts/basic/fixdep
    scripts/basic/fixdep.c:106:23: fatal error: sys/types.h: No such file or directory
     #include <sys/types.h>
    compilation terminated.
    make[1]: * [scripts/basic/fixdep] Error 1
    make: * [scripts_basic] Error 2

    Any thoughts??

  3. Lou, great video as always! Wondering: I recently switched from Ubuntu to Arch and really like Arch. I've never liked Mint for a couple of reasons: Cinnamond, and also that it is basically controlled by one guy/developer. 

  4. Hey Lou after installing new kernel and rebooting cinnamon crash and I had to revert to the old kernel and purge the new one any ideas on how to fix it so the new kernel works with cinnamon

  5. I installed this new kernel, but I really didn't notice any improvement on anything. Besides my virtual box and web camera stop working because of drivers is issues. So I have to delete it. 🙁 Anyway good video for learning purposes.

  6.  HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/conf.o
      HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/lxdialog/checklist.o
      HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/lxdialog/inputbox.o
      HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/lxdialog/menubox.o
      HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/lxdialog/textbox.o
      HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/lxdialog/util.o
      HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/lxdialog/yesno.o
      HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/mconf.o
      SHIPPED scripts/kconfig/
      SHIPPED scripts/kconfig/zconf.lex.c
      SHIPPED scripts/kconfig/zconf.hash.c
      HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/
      HOSTLD  scripts/kconfig/mconf
    scripts/kconfig/mconf Kconfig
    .config:566:warning: symbol value 'm' invalid for ACPI_PCI_SLOT
    .config:715:warning: symbol value 'm' invalid for HOTPLUG_PCI_ACPI
    .config:4716:warning: symbol value 'm' invalid for FB_VESA
    Your display is too small to run Menuconfig!
    It must be at least 19 lines by 80 columns.
    make[1]: * [menuconfig] Error 1
    make: * [menuconfig] Error 2

    What is that?.Do i really need a desktop PC.Currently i'm on laptop.

  7. Hey Lou

    I tried using Linux Mint 16 on my workstations at work.  Really tried hard to be patient with all of the issues that I've had to deal with. First I am using dual monitors and Nvidia GT330 card.  All I'm going to say is nightmare, nightmare, nightmare. First cinnamon was unstable with Nouveau drivers.  it just kept locking up when trying to use extended second monitor.  So tried to use the driver install gui they packaged with Mint.  It recommended driver version 319 I believe.  Installed and rebooted and BAM cinnamon crashed hard and kept asking to be restarted.  Tried that to no avail.  So reverted back to nouveau drivers and cinnamon started working again until I tried using the second monitor.  So tried driver GUI again and tried Nvidia driver 309 and same deal.  To keep this short I had to use Nvidia version 304 which is the actual recommended driver.  That worked for a little bit until I started seeing strange behaviors on my monitors, One videos would not play smoothly, second when scrolling down a web page it would produce strange artifacts.  Updated my kernel to 3.12.2 hoping for a smoother  experience but that produced no performance gain at all.  I really tried hard to give Linux mint 16 Cinnamon a try but it proved to be too unstable.  I am now using Deepin 2013 on all of my workstations at work.  Not as lightweight as Cinnamon but definitely a whole lot more stable at this point.  I will give the Mint team some more time with Cinnamon before trying again, perhaps when it becomes version 4.0.xx.  Thanks for all of your vids, I learn from each and every one of them.  Keep up the great work.

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