Recompiling kernel - not for the faint of heart?
It looks like I may need to recompile my kernel to add support for mounting an NTFS partition read-only under Linux. I am not on my box right now, so I can't confirm that I don't have support, but I think the last time I tried I think I followed instructions properly and discovered I don't have NTFS support in my kernel. (I need to do some more checking, so this may not be necessary, but it doesn't alter my core question).
My question in particular is this: when you need to add kernel support for a particular service/action/device/whatever, do you need to recompile the whole thing, or is there a way to "add on" the support?
My main concern is that I currently don't have any way of backing up my system (CD-RW not yet installed, working on it), so I don't want to do anything major that will possibly trash my Linux installation and make me have to start from scratch. (The whirring of the CD drive tends to get boring after a while).