i'm thinking of moving from Zenwalk to Gentoo but have second to none compiling experience (./configure, make, make install is pretty much all i can do). so to get a little picture of how the installation is done i went to read the handbook. i heard that one of the things that make linux boot fast is compiling your own kernel, however, i read in the handbook that a custom kernel will only support the selected hardware, while generic kernel detects everything on startup.
does this mean that if i buy a new piece of hardware, say a wacom board or a scanner or a graphics/sound card i will have to recompile the kernel to make it work, unless i use the generic one? if so, is it hard to do or is it time consuming?
thanks in advance.