Recent vanilla kernels built for Debian 10

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Recent vanilla Kernels for Debian based distributions

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Motivation

For me, Debian is the obvious choice for a server. But sometimes I need a more recent kernel. As I am lazy, I do not want to build the kernel and shuffle around the deb-files on my machines, so this is where this repo comes in.

Kernel Configuration

I used the Debian kernel configuration found in /boot/config-* and imported it using make oldconfig and used the default values offered.

A linux kernel also knows make deb-pkg as a target, so packaging is done in a breeze.

Attention: This kernel is NOT signed.

FAQs

Debian Kernel from vanilla sources

Kernel.org recent kernel sources with the trusty old debian config.

Sources:

  • https://kernel.org

Changes:

  • enabled virtio RNG as a hardware RNG for me to be used on KVM guests
  • Added exFAT support
  • Added Landlock support

VM Kernel from vanilla sources

Kernel.org recent kernel sources with debian config as a base, most of the drivers stripped and tuned to run on a VM

Sources:

  • https://kernel.org

Changes:

  • stripped drivers except for VirtIO, Xen, etc
  • set ‘MQ Deadline’ as the default IO Scheduler
  • set default TCP congestion control to be BBR
  • Added Landlock support

Gentoo based kernel

Kernel.org recent kernel sources with Gentoo Patches tuned for Gameservers running as KVM Guest

Sources:

  • https://kernel.org
  • https://dev.gentoo.org/~mpagano/genpatches/

Changes:

  • enabled virtio RNG as a hardware RNG for me to be used on KVM guests
  • Added exFAT support
  • Added Landlock support
  • Enabled ‘kernel self defense’ settings

Gentoo based VM kernel

Kernel.org recent kernel sources with Gentoo Patches tuned for Gameservers running as KVM Guest

Sources:

  • https://kernel.org
  • https://dev.gentoo.org/~mpagano/genpatches/

Changes:

  • stripped drivers except for VirtIO/KVM/Qemu
  • set ‘MQ Deadline’ as the default IO Scheduler
  • set default TCP congestion control to be Westwood+ for better networking over WAN/WLAN
  • CONFIG_HZ set to 1000Hz for better responses
  • Preemption Model set to Desktop for better respones
  • Maximum number of CPUs set to 8
  • Enabled ‘kernel self defense’ settings

Installation

  1. Add the repository:
    curl -s https://packagecloud.io/install/repositories/debian-kernels/buster/script.deb.sh | sudo bash
    
  2. Install the kernel
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install <kernel-flavor>
    

    kernel-flavor can be any of vanilla-kernel, vm-kernel or gameserver-kernel

Sponsors

A big thank you to https://packagecloud.io/ for providing me with repository hosting for those packages as it wouldn’t be possible for me to host the repository on my line here.

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