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Kernel Recompile Mint Linux

I'm running Mint Linux on a netbook (an MSI Wind U100).  The speed is OK,
but the battery life is not super great.  The battery life is much extended
running Windows XP.  I figure if I can limit the CPU usage by
eliminating unnecessary items from loading I can increase the battery life
and speed at the same time.

Further, I'm a bit of a tinkerer and am looking for the experience of
successfully saying that I've fine tuned my system as much as humanly

Thanks for the advice regarding the initrd.


On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 10:24 PM, Dan Ritter <dsr-mzpnVDyJpH4k7aNtvndDlA at> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 09:39:48PM -0500, Chris O'Connell wrote:
> > I've recompiled a couple of Kernels before using Suse and the
> xmenuconfig.
> >
> > My primary goal is to speed up the boot time and shrink the memory
> > footprint.
> >
> > Is there any reason that I wouldn't want to start removing un-needed
> modules
> > from the kernel?  Would this pose a problem with future patches?
> Modules that you don't load don't take a memory footprint and
> don't slow your boot. You would probably be better off tuning
> your initrd to your exact hardware requirements.
> > Also, anyone have any good tutorials on how to perform a recompile using
> > ubuntu/mint linux?
> Both of those are Debian derivatives, so
> will help. It also
> talks about building an initrd.
> Why are you doing this, by the way? Laptops and desktops
> typically sleep or hibernate much more often than they reboot,
> and servers do neither.
> -dsr-
> --
> is hereby incorporated by reference.
> You can't defend freedom by getting rid of it.

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