Linuxcare: Tales From the Tech Support Pit: Quest for a Leaner and Meaner Kernel

[ Thanks to Linuxcare for this link.

“Not all calls to Linuxcare Technical Support are from
distraught customers experiencing imminent technical meltdown.
Sometimes calls come from customers who simply wish to leverage the
power that only an open source operating system can provide. Paul
was one such customer. He had the technical know-how, but still
wanted to ask a few careful questions and verify that any
customizations he performed would not be irreversible.”

Paul explained the situation: “I’m trying to recompile the
kernel on a Red Hat 6.0 Dell PowerEdge 2300 server. It is going to
be used for DNS and I want to slim down the kernel and remove
unnecessary modules and options.