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    Default What exactly is a kernel..?

    Ive rooted and romed my phone with IHO backside... now i see all this business about kernels, arent these things just, interface changes? i mean, the ROM is the OS of the phone, so what are the kernels and should i be aware of what they are/do in order to further screw with my phone o.O
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    Default Re: What exactly is a kernel..?

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    My favorite layman's definition is by dan330:

    it helps the OS talk to the Hardware... better efficient kernel.. helps the hardware work more efficiently with the OS.

    ex:
    better kernels help overclock the CPU to perform faster.. when the OS needs the power.
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    Default Re: What exactly is a kernel..?

    The kernel is the engine, the ROM is the rest of the car. The car won't run without the engine, and will perform better with a better engine. Same with the kernel.
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    Aha, that makes sense. thanks ha.
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    Default Re: What exactly is a kernel..?

    Quote Originally Posted by JerryScript View Post
    The kernel is the engine, the ROM is the rest of the car. The car won't run without the engine, and will perform better with a better engine. Same with the kernel.
    thats an awesome explanation. I was thinking of a way to explain the kernel to the OP but you did it perfectly.
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    If anyone remembers the days of windows 3.11 u can compare the kernel to MS-DOS.
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    Heh, im only 24 and i remember MS-DOS
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