Re: [dev] suckless distro

From: Dimitris Papastamos <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:52:04 +0100

On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 01:49:58PM +0530, Weldon Goree wrote:
> On 06/24/2014 11:58 AM, Markus Teich wrote:
> > I've built me a hardware tailored kernel, containing only the drivers, my laptop
> > needs and mostly statically linked. Only a few drivers (UMTS modem, wifi, audio)
> > are built as modules for convenience reasons, so I don't have to reboot if one
> > of them fails, but can just reload the module.
> That said, even for a live system as long as you don't mind loading an
> immense kernel (Slackware's "huge" is 6.4M, for instance; twice the size
> of "generic", and "huge" still has some modules) I don't think there's
> ever a situation where you would _need_ a modular kernel. The
> "run-anywhere" kernel I've been working on has basically every possible
> hardware selection built-in, and modules for behavior or features. A
> modular kernel in principle seems to suck less than a big static one,
> but in practice it ties you down to whatever daemon out there in
> userland is telling the kernel what to do with hardware (mdev,
> fortunately, sucks less than udev, but I'd still rather just have the
> kernel deal with stuff; if we could get rid of people's obsession with
> hotplugging hardware we wouldn't even need that...)

There's also smdev[0] if you are interested.

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