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Old 06-03-2005, 11:12 AM   #16
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AFAIK, the smaller the kernel - the better
Well now, that depends. I seem to remember Linus Torvalds and Andy Tanenbaum having a debate on a similar subject...
 
Old 06-03-2005, 01:33 PM   #17
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Re: What's the size of your kernel?

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What's the size of your kernel?
Thats extremly personal.
 
Old 06-03-2005, 01:37 PM   #18
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Thanks for a link, AlexV.
Although it's a very old one
 
Old 06-03-2005, 02:01 PM   #19
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Size of the kernel

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AFAIK, the smaller the kernel - the better
It depends on your configuration.
Smaller kernel = more modules = increased time needed to boot, more flexibility (module loading without need to reboot); Bigger kernel = less modules = less hard disk I/O = faster boot, but less flexibility (no module loading/unloading on the fly);
So it depends on what you want and what is your hard disk capable of. On laptops (4200rpm) compiling a monolithic kernel can shorten boot times, because kernel image itself is compressed, thus resulting in less HD I/O. On SATA raid there is almost no decrease in boot time when loading modules at booting, thus you can compile everything as modules (well almost everything...) and have a very modular, small kernel ready for hotplugging your PCI cards.

In linux it is all about choices.
 
Old 06-03-2005, 06:31 PM   #20
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Thats extremly personal.
It's not the size that matters, it's how you use it. That is what people with small kernels say at any rate...
 
Old 06-06-2005, 07:10 AM   #21
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It's not the size that matters, it's how you use it. That is what people with small kernels say at any rate...
Your right!
 
  


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