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i can verify these compile directions do work on other *nix's, but it doesn't seem to work on ubuntu...
Did you install build-essential?
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I have to try this... Are there any advantages compared to a stock binary kernel that comes with a distro?
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I have to try this... Are there any advantages compared to a stock binary kernel that comes with a distro?

Not really. I mean, on older slower hardware (think Pentium II and similar) depending on how you optimize the kernel, you will notice significant improvements, but on today's hardware you most likely won't notice anything unless you really look for it (run benchmarks, compile large stuff, etc.). The biggest reason to do it on modern machines is so you can streamline the kernel (use only the modules you want and ditch the rest). I do it mostly for street cred .
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I have to try this... Are there any advantages compared to a stock binary kernel that comes with a distro?
You get to learn more than you ever wanted to know about how the kernel works. You get slightly higher benchies and save a few MB of disk space.
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I'll add that removing unneeded/unused things from your kernel means that there are fewer things that can be exploited/hacked by cyber scum.
    
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I have to try this... Are there any advantages compared to a stock binary kernel that comes with a distro?
less bloat...for example the arch kernel has tons and tons of modules enabled that you would never need. Also your kernel source folder won't take up as much space.

you can compile modules for you hardware directly into the kernel, instead of loading them as modules

you can update to the latest kernel as soon as it comes out, instead of waiting for your distro to release it
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Did you install build-essential?
yes sir i did...

did everything in the guide, went to load the kernel, said something about how it couldn't load the vfs on the drive, so i went into my arch install, compiled it in there according to the steps, rebooted, fired right up no problems.
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