What is the correct location of the Linux Kernel?
A kernel is a program that constitutes the central core of a computer operating system. It is the first thing that is loaded into memory when a computer is booted up (that is started), and it remains in the memory for the entire time that the computer is in operation.
Linux kernel is dynamic, supporting the addition and removal of software components on the fly.
vmlinuz is the name of the Linux kernel executable. Actually vmlinuz is a compressaed Linux kernel, and it is bootable. Bootable means it is capable of loading the operating system into memory so that the computer becomes usable and application programs can be run.
vmlinuz should not be confused with vmlinux, which is the kernel in a non-compressed and non-bootable form. vmlinux generally just an intermediate step to producing vmlinuz.
vmlinuz is located in the /boot directory, which is the directory that contains the files needed to begin booting the system. The file named vmliuz might be the actual kernel executable itself, or it could be a link to the kernel executable, which might bear a name such as /boot/ vmlinux-126.96.36.199.0 (that is the name of the specific version of the kernel).