As a newbie to Linux, could someone explain why, when downloading a kernel from www.kernel.org
for example, some kernels are supplied incomplete, i.e. without 'arch' 'drivers' and 'scripts', also no 'docs'? I assumed that these files are common to all kernels, but that is obviously not the case, as these part kernels will not compile with files copied from the same 'series' even, e.g. 2.3.
How does one use these kernels?