Can I recompile the kernel?

I tried to compile a kernel from source code. The compiling process was fine but after I reboot the Droplet I only got a blank screen and a blinking cursor. So is it possible to compile my own kernel? Or what can be the problem in the configuration process before compiling the source code?


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DigitalOcean doesn’t allow kernel modification. You can confirm this by logging in to the DigitalOcean Control Panel, clicking on the name of the Droplet, and then from the left side menu, click on Kernel.

You should see a message such as:

The kernel for this Droplet is managed internally and cannot be changed from the control panel.

I know this references control panel, though in the past, clients I’ve worked with have had similar issues, even when it comes to very basic modifications. I’m not sure if there are plans to fully allow this in the future or not.