I want to compile my own Kernel but I've never done it before.
Will doing this speed up my trusty old PC?
My computers specifications are in my signature at the bottom of the post.
I'm hoping to do it in Fedora Core 1, as soon as I've finished downloading and burning the ISO's.
I could, if it's a problem, do it in another distro.
The distro's I've used (and would use again), are..
Red Hat 7.3, 8.0 9.0
SuSE 8.2 Professional
Any of the above I would have no problem going back to.
I really don't know where to start. My processors an i686, but if I compile the Kernal for i686 processor architecture only, will that cause problems if a program was written for 386 processor architecture?
(I'm really unsure about these terms, I'm an applications programmer lol, I use Java, C# .Net, VB.Net and Delphi. I stay well away from low-level programming
What part's of the kernal don't I need, what exactly can I get rid of, what must I keep, what is optional?
Would it be best to try a distro, like Gentoo, where (if I remember correctly), you have to compile your Kernal at installation.
(I've never used anything but RPM disto's so far).
If I download and install Fedora Core 1, and want to compile the Kernal afterwards, is there a program with a GUI to help me through this, or will it be command line only?
(Not that I mind command line stuff, it's just a nice GUI makes things a little easier for the lazy
Any links or information you could give me would be brilliant.