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I am in beginner level with Linux topics and performances.

I have a question about Linux kernel:
Is there any way to install a kernel without compiling?
Is there any compiled and ready kernel for installation?

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Yes - just buy a dvd –  Ed Heal Mar 25 '13 at 15:43
    
These days you almost never need to compile a kernel. Almost every distro comes with a modular kernel. You can easily enable/disable functions as needed, and compile additional modules for supporting unusual hardware without rebuilding the entire kernel. –  Zoredache Mar 25 '13 at 18:10
    
thank you @Zoredache –  Setmax Mar 25 '13 at 20:19
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Of course. You just have to download (or order a dvd for) one of the popular Linux distributions. Search google for any one of Linux distros like Ubuntu, OpenSuse, Fedora etc. I would suggest Ubuntu, but then its just a matter of personal choice.

Being a beginner compiling the kernel and other software yourself is neither suggested nor practically possible. Later, however, if you find yourself interested enough you may go for compiling a kernel yourself.

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Updated kernels are released from time to time on Ubuntu and Debian, accessible via aptitude or synaptic and are typically installed automatically if you have your system updating automatically. Someone can also compile a kernel and package it in a .deb which you can then install with a dpkg -i command. –  ultrasawblade Mar 25 '13 at 16:56
    
@ultrasawblade what about fedora? is this common for Linux distributions? –  Setmax Mar 25 '13 at 19:42
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