Linux - GeneralThis Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
I'm new to linux and I just yesterday did my first sucessful 2.6.7 kernel compilation.
I downloaded the source and used the Fedora Core 2 official .config file as a base. I only modified the CPU type and made the kernel preemptive.
I want to see if selecting just the drivers I need and compiling then inside the kernel would be worth the effort.
I need advice on how to safely select the drivers I need.
For example, should I remove all ethernet, FDDI and other network drivers? I use a modem and ppp0 to log on to the net.
Can I ditch the ps/2 and usb mice? Mine is serial.
Can I drop all video4linux stuff if I don't have a digital video card?
Can I drop nvidia, banshee and ati radeon drivers? My card is S3 Trio64
Can I drop firewire drivers? (I don't have it)
Can I drop XFS, ReiserFS, JFS, minix, amiga, etc filesystems if I don't plan to use them?
Can I compile ACPI inside the kernel to make sure it gets used?
Can I compile all drivers inside the kernel safely or do I keep them as modules?
Will all this configurations mean a faster kernel? I assume it wil be smaller, but is that important?
Any devices you dont have will never have the drivers loaded, so its safe and recommended to remove them entirely to reduce the size and increase the speed of the kernel. You can compile all the drivers inside the kernel, but its usually best to compile anything you can as modules, with exceptions being to things like your chipset support, and anything else required to boot. Compiling as modules means a smaller, faster kernel. And yes, your kernel will be noticeably faster.