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Old 08-09-2004, 06:56 PM   #1
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Should I compile my own kernel?

I'm running FC2 with a 2.6 kernel, if I compile my own kernel will my computer be faster? It's an older desktop machine something like a Gateway Celeren maybe 0.5 - 0.9 Ghz w/ 192MB ram.

Old 08-09-2004, 07:05 PM   #2
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The answer is maybe... much of it depends on what modules you specify your kernel to load and what options you set it to etc. It took about 1.25 hours to recompile my 2.6.3-4 kernel on Mandrake 10 Community, 1.75 to compile all modules (a 'make clean all' command) on a PIII 1GHz machine. Hope that helps.

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Old 08-09-2004, 07:06 PM   #3
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If you compile your own kernel, you can include the packages you want without having all the extra stuff around. It is also more tailored to you and your system. Possibly speeding up your computer.
Old 08-09-2004, 08:41 PM   #4
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Should you compile your own kernel - Yes. If nothing else, it will be an excellent learning experience. Will it run faster - Probably, as long as you remove any modules that are irrelevant to your system. Definitely experiment with it though, it's something everyone should try at least once. -- J.W.


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