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Linux Journal: Tweaking Tux, Part 1

Aug 26, 2000, 17:42 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

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"Okay, here's my plan. Over the next few installments in this series, we're going to visit another one of those topics that nobody seems to want to talk about (like printing - well, can you blame them?). Back a million years ago when I first started working with UNIX systems, we always had to compile our own kernels (as in the early days of Linux). We did this because every system was different in terms of hardware, drivers, number of users, etc., and all these parameters had to be taken into consideration before you ever booted your system. Otherwise, the 20th person would log in and the system would go down in flames. Resource and capacity planning as well as performance tuning were low-level issues that had to be considered. Not so much with today's systems. For the most part, when someone asks me when they should rebuild their kernels, I answer this way.

"Never."

"Unless you have to, that is. No, this series is not about rebuilding your kernel. It's about not rebuilding your kernel. It's also about not rebooting."

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