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I built the vanilla 2.6.37 kernel from kernel.org, since the repo is still on 2.6.36. Nothing added, no special build tools, just removed a bunch of junk I didn't need and ran make.


I ended up dropping my boot time from 15 seconds to 9 seconds on my T400. Honestly, I'm not sure if I can do any better without getting a faster SSD.
    
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Just a warning. It will work for awhile but ultimately you will need to patch it. This was my experience and also transhour's. There are just some things that won't work and others that won't work right. There is no urgent or critical issue that will permanently affect the system, just some peripheral stuff but a pita nevertheless. The patch won't ruin your boot time.

On the flip side, congratulations on building a proper, streamlined kernel. It doesn't only affect boot times since the kernel is accessed as a whole constantly. It's a lot easier to swing 3MB than 5MB.... almost twice as easy
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No offense, but what's the difference with a vanilla kernel vs the AUR? And the do have 2.6.37 in the AUR under mainline: kernel26-mainline
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No offense, but what's the difference with a vanilla kernel vs the AUR? And the do have 2.6.37 in the AUR under mainline: kernel26-mainline
kernel26-mainline is still RC. This is the stable release.

This build is also streamlined, since I removed everything not specific to my laptop.

And we'll see how stable it is. So far nothing is wrong, and being linux I can't see it suddenly just corrupting.
    
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kernel26-mainline is still RC. This is the stable release.

This build is also streamlined, since I removed everything not specific to my laptop.

And we'll see how stable it is. So far nothing is wrong, and being linux I can't see it suddenly just corrupting.
You can still remove everything in the AUR... I do see that the AUR is a bit behind, but I'm sure it will get there soon. =P
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kernel26-mainline is still RC. This is the stable release.
This build is also streamlined, since I removed everything not specific to my laptop.
And we'll see how stable it is. So far nothing is wrong, and being linux I can't see it suddenly just corrupting.
C'mon now. I never said either of those things or anything like that. I said some stuff just won't work. If it would work flawlessly do you really think the Arch Team would bother to patch it?
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C'mon now. I never said either of those things or anything like that. I said some stuff just won't work. If it would work flawlessly do you really think the Arch Team would bother to patch it?
It depends on why they patched it, in all intents a vanilla kernel can work indefinitely. I've used vanilla kernels on Debian before, without fuss for a LONG time. In fact, for years all I would do was compile the vanilla kernel because the debian patch set didn't go high enough. And he should be able to run a vanilla kernel for as long as he wants, there shouldn't be any problems if things are configured properly.
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It depends on why they patched it, in all intents a vanilla kernel can work indefinitely. I've used vanilla kernels on Debian before, without fuss for a LONG time. In fact, for years all I would do was compile the vanilla kernel because the debian patch set didn't go high enough. And he should be able to run a vanilla kernel for as long as he wants, there shouldn't be any problems if things are configured properly.

Actually the Arch kernel only has ONE patch applied to it, and it adds support for AUFS2, which is something I probably would have stripped from the kernel anyway.

http://projects.archlinux.org/linux-...t/tree/patches
    
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Actually the Arch kernel only has ONE patch applied to it, and it adds support for AUFS2, which is something I probably would have stripped from the kernel anyway.

http://projects.archlinux.org/linux-...t/tree/patches
=P So it still depends on why they patched it! hehe Basically the Arch patch set is useless? I'm sure they have other patches, maybe just this one for now but they might have had other patches in the past. Oh, and don't forget the logo patches for the boot screen! hahaha
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=P So it still depends on why they patched it! hehe Basically the Arch patch set is useless? I'm sure they have other patches, maybe just this one for now but they might have had other patches in the past. Oh, and don't forget the logo patches for the boot screen! hahaha
If they patch the kernel, its only to keep it current with the latest source from kernel.org.


Looking back.. in the last year the only other patch they applied was a touchpad fix for a specific laptop. Its really just about as vanilla as you can get.
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