What exactly is a "module"?
I'm kind of a newbie at Linux but adventurous enough to try out Slackware. After some toying around, I got it to install -- my monitor/videocard works, the internet works, and even the nvidia driver is installed. The only thing missing is my sound.
In researching how to get my sound card configured, I ran into this concept (if I can call it that) of "modules." How does that relate to what I'm trying to do, and is it the same thing as a "driver?"
From what I understand, I can also recompile my kernel to streamline it to match up precisely with my system, and these "modules" would be a part of the kernel. Do I have it right? Does recompiling make for a faster system?
Thanks for all your help.