[SATLUG] compiling a kernel
John D Choate
jdchoate at gmail.com
Mon Jun 23 10:55:35 CDT 2008
On Sunday 22 June 2008 19:46:51 Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> John D Choate wrote:
> > After 5.5 years of using Linux (Mandrake/Mandriva), I have never
> > compiled a kernel. I know it would be a good learning experience for me,
> > but I've never found any other reason for doing it.
> 1. Do *not* change the topic on an existing thread. Start a new
> 2. Do trim non-relevant text when replying to a message.
> To answer your question, there are several reasons for compiling your own
> a. For learning as you mention. Knowing how to do it gives you confidence
> in the process.
> b. For efficiency. A standard distribution takes a lot longer to boot and
> is larger because everything is there. Testing for dozens or hundreds of
> non-existent devices takes time. Just compiling what you need leads to
> very efficient systems. The size is small and the boot time is much
> faster. My system takes about 20 seconds from power on to login prompt.
> My kernel is 1.8M (no initrd) with the modules directory at 7.5M (4 modules
> - nvidia (7.2M) and vmware). As a comparison, satlug runs RHEL and is 1.4M
> with initrd 481K and a modules directory of 29M (804 modules).
> c. For testing new stuff that hasn't made it into the kernel yet.
> -- Bruce
1. I did not change the topic, I only replied to the existing thread.
2. I apologize for not trimming the unrelated content.
3. I did not ask a question, I made a statement.
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