Re: A couple "normal user" questions..

Jon Lewis (
Sat, 1 Feb 1997 00:03:54 -0500 (EST)

On Fri, 31 Jan 1997, Hugo Van den Berg wrote:

> > That way.. for newbies to kernels, a userland program could parse /proc/config
> > and tell them exactly what is configured into the kernel.
> Not only that, but if you get a kernel from somewhere else (mostly in
> distributions) you can see what's in and what isn't. I think it's a good
> idea. It could be made optional.

Most any reasonable linux platform can compile a new kernel in no
time...and generally, you're better off doing so rather than using a RAM
wasting kitchen sink kernel from some distribution.

My first Linux box did make zImage in about 3 latest has it
down to about 7 minutes. Either way, it's time well spent. At worst,
this should be a config option so people who know how to keep their config
files don't have to waste the RAM.

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