On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM, Joshua Kinard <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
For Gentoo where people build their own kernels, it doesn't make as much sense.