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    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
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    Apr 2005
    CA, but from N.Ireland

    Gentoo Stage3 Installation. Genkernel -- Do I really need all those modules??

    I've just finished a stage3 install using the genkernel, and in order to get my network working I had to re-compile the kernel with the driver compiled into the kernel instead of as a module. This did the trick, but I noticed that there were a million other network card drivers installed as modules, and I was wondering if any of them were necessary?? This must be taking up extra time during booting, and just adding bloat to the system.

    So my questions,
    1/ Can I get rid of these safely??
    2/ Does all this additional bloat (if that's what it is) exist for the rest of my hardware, and can it be scrubbed??

    Thanks for the support, it's really appreciated.
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    Linux Engineer d38dm8nw81k1ng's Avatar
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    Mar 2005
    yes, you can take them out the kernel, and yes it does add bloat. plus it can cause problems when it is trying to load your network card, which is what happened to mine when i somehow had two network cards compiled into the kernel.
    Here's why Linux is easier than Windows:
    Package Managers! Apt-Get and Portage (among others) allow users to install programs MUCH easier than Windows can.
    Hardware Drivers. In SuSE, ALL the hardware is detected and installed automatically! How is this harder than Windows' constant disc changing and rebooting?

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