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ok, so considering i havent even thought of compiling my own kernel before, is it really worth compiling one? like balancing the work involved, the frustration for someone who has ...
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- 02-06-2008 #1
is it worth it?
- 02-06-2008 #2
I guess I would say it depends on the purpose.
If you're doing it to enhance performance on a modern machine, I would say no. The amount of time you would end up putting into it wouldn't be worth what you get out of it. You wouldn't save a significant amount of disk space and performance wouldn't be measurably better.
However, if you're doing it as a learning exercise, I would say go for it. You'll probably never have to do it again but at least you would know how to do it and you might pick up a few other tidbits of knowledge along the way.
- 02-06-2008 #3
- 02-06-2008 #4
Well, a good distro-independent source is this one:
Linux Kernel in a Nutshell (although I'm not sure of the legality of putting a published book on a website)
O'Reilly publishes very good Linux books.
If you're looking for something distro-specific, just google the words "compile kernel guide" (or something along those lines) along with the name of the distro you use and see what you come up with.
I believe Gentoo has a HOW-TO for it on their Wiki but I can't seem to reach it right now.
- 02-06-2008 #5
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Hey! That might be exactly what I'm looking for!!
...quick off-topic question --are all O'Rielly books free, or what? I see a lot of them distributed freely on the internet...
- 02-06-2008 #6