thanks much for the very prompt reply!
[... ] different packaging systems in the various distros is confusing to newbies
Yes, newbie would be me, as I didn't even realize that a module
is different from a package
! OK then, is a package always, non-kernal?
Actually, I am interested in the kernal module features: my ultimate aim is to learn how to write my own device drivers and recompile the kernal. (A reformed Window's guy here, who actually started out on BSD, and AT&TV --- wow, back to the future, or what!?)
Thanks too for the link ... I'll dig around there ... hadn't thought of wiki...