compiling linux kernel

Tyler Littlefield tyler at
Fri Aug 22 13:49:06 EDT 2008

hmm, I just want the experience.
There's some to be learned from tinkering with linux, and I'd like to do 
that; sure it does look cool too, but I just mainly want to learn how things 
work, how they don't work, etc.
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Heim" <jheim at>
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Subject: Re: compiling linux kernel

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Samuel Thibault" <samuel.thibault at>
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Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: compiling linux kernel

Tyler Littlefield, le Thu 21 Aug 2008 12:19:07 -0600, a écrit :
> I don't want to use my kernel that came with deb because it's huge, and I 
> think I might get some better performance if there wasn't so much there, 
> in terms of everything being modules, etc.

There is _no_ performance loss in everything being a module.  Really,
there is little point in using one's own kernel nowadays (except
applying patches).

And bragging rights.

Well, I suppose that would only work on the uninformed. If you tell someone
in the know that you're using a custom kernel they might think you're a

When I was fairly new to linux, I ran into somebody at a party and the
conversation turned to how we spent our spare time. I said I was trying to
get up to speed on linux. This other guy said he was into linux too so I
asked which distro. He said, "I make my own." At the time I was very
impressed. But now I say, "What a waste of time."

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