"After I wrote an article on optimizing disk performance, some
readers commented that tweaking settings was just part of the job.
They pointed out that you can get more speed if you also compile
your kernel, adjusting it optimally for your specific hardware and
needs. Compiling the kernel isn't the challenge it used to be;
nowadays the process is streamlined, and you don't have to do much
but pick your choices and key in some commands.
"Most distributions provide a 'one-size-fits-all' kernel,
compiled with the most generic options, so everybody can use