Finnixize Linux kernel

Finnix, the LiveCD for system administrators
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This document shows the kernel config changes needed to make a Debian testing kernel config work with Finnix. This will not let you take any kernel config, especially a kernel defconfig, and make it work with Finnix.


Finnix requires SquashFS (now in mainline) and either UnionFS or AUFS. Debian has been patching AUFS into its kernel sources since approximately Linux 3.0, so it is no longer necessary to patch in AUFS.

  • finnixlogo.patch

Kernel configuration

Note: Xen does not recognize XZ-compressed kernels. Leave the kernel compression method as Gzip.

Mostly cosmetic change, but many people don't know that the number of penguin logos at bootup correspond to the number of CPUs in the system.

Device Drivers -> Graphics support -> Bootup logo

[*] Bootup logo
[*]   Standard black and white Linux logo (NEW)
[*]   Standard 16-color Linux logo (NEW)
[*]   Standard 224-color Linux logo (NEW)

Remove Support

Sound and multimedia support are removed to save on module space.

  • Device Drivers -> Sound card support
  • Device Drivers -> Multimedia support

x86 Only


Debian's 2.6.XX-X-686 (SMP) kernel is safe to be recompiled as 586 SMP.

Processor type and features

Processor family (586/K5/5x86/6x86/6x86MX)  --->