[arch-dev-public] Trimming down our default kernel configuration

Dave Reisner d at falconindy.com
Wed Mar 26 19:04:12 EDT 2014

On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 06:53:43PM -0400, Daniel Micay wrote:
> On 26/03/14 02:56 PM, Thomas Bächler wrote:
> > Hello all,
> > 
> > it won't be too long until 3.14 is out and I want to address a topic
> > that has been bugging me for a while. Our kernel includes everything and
> > the kitchensink. I have no problem with delivering drivers that can be
> > built modular, but there are other things that have an unknown impact on
> > everyone.
> > 
> > I want to trim our kernel down to what we actually support.
> I think we should drop x32 support if no one is planning on packaging
> the minimum of a compiler and standard C library. It's cool, but no one
> appears to be very interested in using it in the real world. You would
> probably get bigger wins from recompiling with -march=native, so I
> somewhat doubt that anyone grasping for the last bit of performance will
> use our binaries anyway.
> This was already responsible for a security vulnerability in Arch:
> http://seclists.org/oss-sec/2014/q1/187

Ah, I knew I forgot something from my last email. Yes, x32 should go
away if we aren't interested in hosting the toolchain for it.

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