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Distribution: DEBIAN! - (also used: Red Hat, Mandrake, Slackware, SuSE, BestLinux, EasyLinux, muLinux...)
huh? proper size? there's no fixed size for a kernel, it just depends on how much devices you want it to support, whether you want modules or not... and so on.
btw my kernel image right now (2.4.17) is 788k, does it say anything to you? I could say that for a normal desktop user the size should be in the range 700 - 1000, but once again that doesn't make much sense because you can hardly compile two kernels the same way for the same PC*!
A nice lean kernel is probably between about 600 and 800K depending on your systems needs and non-needs. If in doubt, take it out! LOL Ok bad rhyme, but if you don't need something, get rid of it and you'll end up with a nice small kernel. I honestly haven't found a whole lot of performance diff. between the 1M 2.4.5 install on Slackware to my now 790K 2.4.17 kernel except for startup time.