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Re: Making Custom Kernels

On Mon, 16 Apr 2007 22:33:59 +0200
Joe Hart <j.hart@orange.nl> wrote:

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> David Baron wrote:
> > I compile my own to dispense with initrd and use realtime-lsm, also a version 
> > with the real-time preemptive patch or ovz and such.
> > 
> > I am not making the kernel to be a universal package so I guess I really do 
> > not need all those modules, do I? I have already dispensed with OSS. I have a 
> > "normal" 10-T 8139 ethernet card. A few sound devices, and intel chipset with 
> > intel agpgart. I compile the proprietory nvidia driver. So.
> > 
> > Can I simply get rid of all the decnet, ieee stuff, isdn and such? I compile 
> > in what yaird -test says I need and what I found necessary for correct alsa 
> > loading, ext3fs, etc.
> > 
> > 
> If you are rolling your own kernel and not planning on sharing with
> others, nor do you plan on changing the hardware in your machine, then
> of course you can choose to get rid of the unnecessary things in your
> kernel, nor do you need to make a module for things you're not likely to
> ever have.
> But, always a but, if you ever do get new hardware, it won't work until
> you rebuild the kernel, and you can forget about updates for security or
> better functionality (bug fixes).

Well, if he builds from a debian source package, then he'll get updates
to that package, at which point he'll be able to consider upgrading the
source package and rebuilding the kernel.


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