How can I boot my compiled kernel image on Gentoo?

  • Posted February 3, 2013

Hi, I’ve successfully compiled a custom kernel image on Gentoo x64, but grub menù doesn’t seem to show up at boot, so I can’t choose my kernel.

I think this is an important task to solve. Kernel should be kept up to date to prevent security and bug issues, also standard kernel is not compatible with an up to date gentoo, since latest stable udev needs a kernel option which is disabled by default: result is no network at next reboot after upgrade.



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Hey @otto and @nuvui3j439v3n93 - you can actually run a custom kernel on some distributions at DigitalOcean!

Currently, the following are supported:

  • Debian 8
  • Ubuntu 15.04
  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Fedora 23
  • FreeBSD

With the release of Ubuntu 16.04, an LTS distribution with build in kernels will be available.


This is very disappointing that I can’t use DOcean for anything where I need a custom kernel.

+1 <br> <br>We need custom kernel possibility and boot parameters like selinux=1 security=selinux …

dear sir <br> <br>I’m working on my Cloudlinux on <br> <br>i want you to forward this problem to your senior management staffs or CEO to review this case. <br> <br>It will be eventually, very good for your business also <br> <br>I hope i can hear the answer soon, please see this e-mail, thanks <br>-------------------------------- <br> <br>Hello Sam, <br>Unfortunately, does not allow to boot custom kernel because they always boot VPS with own kernel placed on boot partition outside the VPS filesystem. It’s confirmed by many links/sources, for example this one where they say “Custom kernels are planned however there is no ETA yet”. <br> <br>Please contact digitalocean support and tell them that you need to run cloudlinux kernel. We would work with Digitalocean support to make it possible. <br> <br>– <br>Sincerely, <br> <br>Leonid Kanter <br>Release manager, 3rd line support <br>Cloud Linux Inc. <br> <br>skype:lkanter

Custom kernels are planned however there is no ETA yet.

Any word on custom kernels yet? Could you possibly look for possible kernels in the /boot directory of each droplets filesystem? Or wherever other distros might put it.

Please support Gentoo!

No custom kernel yet

How to create a gentoo droplet?