Byte.com: Tuning Linux For Maximum PerformanceSep 04, 2000, 21:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Moshe Bar)
"One can safely assume that most people run Linux after installing it from one of the common distribution CD-ROMs such as RedHat or Caldera."
"Your machine probably performs faster and more reliably compared to what it would do with one of the commercial, proprietary, Microsoft Windows variants. Most users are aware that the Linux kernel and the myriad of utilities installed from the distribution CD are only very generalized versions adapted to run well on a variety of diverse configurations. You may feel there is potential for improvement given your particular configuration and hardware mix. Well, yes, that's true."
"For one thing, the kernel installed from RedHat or Caldera distros are compiled for x386 standard Intel CPUs, and re-compiling for the particular CPU-type you have will give you an edge on performance and reliability. The sysadmin is also well advised to cut away all unwanted fat from the kernel. If you don't have any SCSI hardware installed in your system, there is little sense in having drivers for it in your kernel binary. The same applies for other hardware types, such as network gear, sound, etc."