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Poll: What is the Size of your Kernel
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What is the Size of your Kernel

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256Kb - 512Kb
513Kb - 768Kb
769Kb - 1Mb
1.1Mb - 1.5Mb
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2.1Mb - 2.5Mb
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Old 02-15-2004, 05:07 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Linux Kernel Size

I am interested to see what the sizes are of other Linux Users' Kernels in comparison with other people and my own.

My Kernel size is 948Kb
Old 02-15-2004, 05:37 PM   #2
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mine (not includeing is 762084 bytes, i dont have usb suport, i use alsa modules pcmcia-cs modules (these are also not included), so i dont have a big kernel as i havent compiled what i probly wont/never will need to use for a laptop
Old 02-15-2004, 05:45 PM   #3
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You should include the kernel version as the later 2.6.x versions are significantly larger than the previous kernels.

I currently run 2.4.24 on all my machines except 2.6.0 and 2.6.1 on two different machines.

My 2.6.x's are between 1.5 - 2.0 megs and my 2.4.24 are around 1.2 megs. I remember getting 2.4.19 down to about 800kb average.
Old 02-15-2004, 05:53 PM   #4
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Yes - I am running Linux 2.6.2 on my Laptop which I use in school - About a week ago it was a massive 1.8Mb which is far too large, so I spent some time looking at the bits I need and don't need and then taking bit's out (It's supprising how many unneccerary things I compiled into the Kernel!). I am rather pleased because I now how a Kernel which I have reduced in size by about 48% and it also supports all my hardware!
Old 02-15-2004, 07:04 PM   #5
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Mandrake 9.1 kernel 2.4.21-0.13mdk. Is 1.2Mb
Old 02-15-2004, 07:23 PM   #6
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Well up until around 2.4.15 I used to keep mine under 800k. Not anymore.

-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1014998 Nov 28 23:30 vmlinuz-2.4.23
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1015071 Jan  5 08:30 vmlinuz-2.4.24
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1233205 Dec 18 20:30 vmlinuz-2.6.0
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1380435 Jan  9 10:30 vmlinuz-2.6.1
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1338058 Feb  5 14:50 vmlinuz-2.6.2
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1331149 Feb 10 19:31 vmlinuz-2.6.3-rc1
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 1342503 Feb 12 17:49 vmlinuz-2.6.3-rc2
Old 02-16-2004, 07:22 AM   #7
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I use 2.4.20 and mine is around 700K . Not tried the 2.6 one though .
Old 02-17-2004, 06:40 PM   #8
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So - Who else want's to post their kernel size and possibly version?
Old 02-17-2004, 06:57 PM   #9
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1.4mb - 2.6.2
920kb - 2.4.24
Old 02-17-2004, 07:04 PM   #10
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main box :
2.6.2 - 1.6mb
web server :
2.4.20 - 1.1mb


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