Gentoo Archives: gentoo-dev

From: Rich Freeman <rich0@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Let's redesign the entire filesystem! [was newsitem: unmasking udev-181]
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:53:11
Message-Id: CAGfcS_kWRQckicCa6faPbS4ES_R2kN0zMLRmPwFu5ocN6EU6gA@mail.gmail.com
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] Let's redesign the entire filesystem! [was newsitem: unmasking udev-181] by Joshua Kinard
On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM, Joshua Kinard <kumba@g.o> wrote:
> The trend now seems to be to modularize everything these days, even stuff > like the core disk drivers, then build those core modules into an initramfs > that the kernel cherrypicks from at boot.  That's the perception, anyways, > and one which I don't really get.
Well, on most distros the kernel is just another package that is the same on every box. If you want one kernel for every PC, then it needs to support every piece of hardware in existence. So, either it is highly modular, or it is going to suck up a ton of RAM. The solution is a one-size-fits-all kernel, combined with a one-size-fits-all initramfs. For Gentoo where people build their own kernels, it doesn't make as much sense. Rich