How are kernels and distributions related?

Jay Vaughan jayv at
Wed Aug 13 22:27:03 CEST 2008

> Should kernels and distributions be seen as independent (that is,  
> can I update a kernel separately from a distribution, and use one  
> kernel with multiple distributions), or should they be seen as  
> dependent (each distribution should have a separate kernel)?

i think distributions themselves will eventually devolve towards  
bootable one-use applications, managed through hard virtualization.   
there is a lot of fuss and noise about the importance of standardized  
installs for those who just want to press a button and work, but if i  
could deliver a bootable-SD to 1000 customers, i'd have a far easier  
time as a developer, making distributions irrelevant entirely ..

Jay Vaughan

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