Originally Posted by Alien Bob
It is not huge in terms of memory it supports, but huge in terms of build-in drivers.
It is not a bug you experience. It is a choice.
Ah. Where I work we use Ubuntu (before that it was SuSE, Red Hat and Debian), and there is a strong push not
to compile one's own kernels, so I have been getting lazy and using distribution kernels. Before this, from 1994 until sometime last year, I always built my own.
On most distributions the size refers to the memory support--"bigmem", etc--and apparently I assumed it did here as well.
I'm actually having some problems getting custom kernels to work under Slackware 13.x...I can't seem to properly specify the root device anymore. I can set it with rdev and it's pointed to by lilo, but the kernel can't seem to find it, although it lists the partitions on the root devices, I can't get the root device to work properly, even with root= specified at root time.
I've tried root=/dev/sda3 and root=0803 (even root=0x0803) and it does not work.
It seems like the way things work has radically changed in the last couple years, and I'm behind the curve. I've only recently gotten comfortable with some of the other LSB changes, like the way my ethernet adapters are now magically renumbered.