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

Bigby James bigby.james at crepcran.com
Fri Mar 28 09:40:01 EDT 2014

On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 12:01:06PM +0100, Martti Kühne wrote:
> I'm very much for cleaning up the kernel config from things that
> factually are useless.

"Factually useless" is not a subjective standard by which to measure things. If
you don't personally configure the features in question by installing
third-party userspace packages then they are, in fact, useless to you. If you
don't contribute code to the kernel, the kernel debugging features (which eat up
a lot of build time) are almost certainly, in fact, useless to you. Such is the
case for everything found in the kernel: Someone, somewhere will find it useful,
and that's a fact. Whether the majority of Arch users find it useful, and it
therefore should be maintained by a limited staff with limited resources, is
what's in question here.
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