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Why does building an Android kernel need a toolchain, but compiling the entire source does not?

As seen here, compiling the Android kernel requires a prebuilt GCC toolchain (or the equivalent from the Android NDK). Cross-compilation makes sense; we are compiling code for a device with a ...
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How can I use my server to compile a kernel for my laptop?

My laptop, an HP pavilion with an nVidia card, has some issues with suspending. Namely firewire breaks on suspend and the nvidia drivers cause Xorg to hang on resume. I'd like to compile my own kernel ...