The Fedora installation CDs include a kernel-source package so that
people can rebuild their kernel in the time-honoured fashion. But one
thing they cannot do is build the kernel that Fedora uses. The
kernel-source package doesn't include any of the Fedora patches so
unless you want to revert to a vanilla Linux-2.6.5 it is not much use.
Instead, you could include the SRPM for the real kernel package on the
CD. This can still be used to build an unpatched kernel for those who
want it, since it contains the pristine Linux tarball, but it can also
be used to rebuild the kernel with Fedora customizations. Even though
it contains the extra patches, it is actually smaller than the
kernel-source package currently included because the linux-2.6.5
tarball in the SRPM uses bzip2 compression.
The kernel SRPM is smaller than kernel-source and much more useful: I
think it would be a good idea to include the SRPM instead.
" The kernel-source package doesn't include any of the Fedora patches"
actually it does. It's the exact same source we used for the binaries.
"Instead, you could include the SRPM for the real kernel package on the
the src.rpm IS included on the cds.... not the first 3 CD's but it is
Duh. I did have a feeling I ought to double-check the kernel-source
package after posting this report, but you beat me to it :-P. I'd
suggest changing the unpack location to /usr/src/linux-5.6.7-fc2 or
something to make it extra-explicit.
I still think that the SRPM would be a slightly better use of space
than kernel-source. If you want to include source code on the first
four (binary) CDs, it might as well be in the form of real source
While I agree with this, other people seem to be quite vocal about not
wanting this on the email@example.com list :(