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First off thanks to Transhour for posting this guide since so many people use or start with Ubuntu and would like to "get deeper". Rebuilding the kernel is, IMHO, even better than distro hopping in this regard as the kernel is analagous to the subconscious in us that controls breathing, heart rate, neuro-transmitter levels, etc. It's really important and besides running better the single greatest advantage to leaning how to (re)build one is a greater understanding of how computers work, let alone Linux itself.

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Originally Posted by Rocket Lawnchair;15441411 
Every time I've tried to compile my own kernel it usually ends up being MORE bloated then the original one, so I just stopped trying. tongue.gif And yes I do disable everything I don't need.

I had to chuckle because I, too, have done this when I started out messing with kernels. It comes from a combination of "playing it safe" and being "a kid in a candy store". biggrin.gif

The way to rise above this level of problem is to access the "Help" available on almost all options whether you use "make menuconfig" or "make xconfig". Personally, I like "make xconfig" because the gui is a 3-frame affair with Section, Option, and Help all displayed at once. Many of the options include language like "If you don't know what this is.." or "If you don't have this ancient piece of crap hardware..." "you can safely say 'No' here". It's just faster and more convenient. As soon as my config is done I drop out of X and to a lower runlevel to complete.

Even if one does not actually create a kernel it is instructive to see what your kernel does and how it does it. Almost everyone can benefit from at least running a config and looking at the Help recommendations/explanations.

Cool thread!
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even better than distro hopping in this regard as the kernel is analagous to the subconscious in us that controls breathing, heart rate, neuro-transmitter levels, etc.
very well said. i see a lot of people hopping around from distro to distro out of frustration "X wouldn't work in distro Y .. installed distro Z still didn't work."

well yeah, it's because you're getting a poor kernel with distro Y and probably an even worse one with Z. fix the kernel, rebuild off of the same kernel config in distro X/Y/Z and everything works the same. Even worse are the people that think the DE is controlling everything when it's just a glorified window manager. "no sound in kde" "no wireless in gnome" get the sound working in the console, sound works in DE X/Y/Z ...
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Actually, the "no sound in kde" could be KDE's fault, as it could be the app controlling the volume that is muted (as it is by default with XFCE, for some reason)
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