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I think that both generic and huge smp kernels are installed by default. So you simply need to add an entry to lilo.conf if you went with the default during install, and want to switch over to the generic kernel. You don't need to alter anything in the boot/ directory, as long as the symlinks which are in there match your lilo.conf entries. The 'config' files list the kernel configuration and are not used by lilo.
why change to generic kernel? i know its smaller, but what are advantages of smaller kernel? speed? memory consumption?
what runs slower if speed is the factor? bootup?
i believe todays computers are fast enough, and there is no big diference in speed between those two kernels... i tried both, and i cant seem to notice the diference in speed
To answer the OPs original question. You can ignore the config file. It's a copy of the kernel configuration used to build the kernel and modules. I guess Pat put a copy in /boot, just as a "placeholder", as you can only have one copy where it's really needed, in /usr/src/linux, and so, can copy the "correct" one, as .config, when you want to do your own kernel compile.