An Ubuntu guide to taming the Linux kernel

Although Linux is frequently referred to by the names of various distributions, what can properly be called “Linux” is really the management part of the operating system known as the kernel which interacts with the computer’s hardware. Here’s how the kernel works in Ubuntu, and how to rebuild it.

The kernel is what Linus Torvalds produced in 1991 which, coupled with the GNU Project’s litany of tools, brought the power of UNIX freely to the PC world. Many people worldwide now contribute to the kernel alongside Torvalds, but it is still he who determines what is included in official releases.