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Should I use the netbook kernel?

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I just got a netbook and was wondering if I should use the netbook kernel (2010.0). What is the benefit over the regular desktop kernel? -- just smaller or what? I am going to install virtualbox (PUEL) and it needs the kernel source so when looking through the downloads I noticed the netbook kernel. I hadn't known there was such a thing. So, should I change to the netbook one?

 

 

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Based on this:

 

Name        : kernel-netbook-2.6.31.6-1mdv
Version     : 1
Release     : 1mdv2010.0
Group       : System/Kernel and hardware
Size        : 19165471                     Architecture: x86_64
Summary     : Linux Kernel for netbook use with x86_64

 

Name        : kernel-desktop-2.6.31.6-1mnb
Version     : 1
Release     : 1mnb2
Group       : System/Kernel and hardware
Size        : 38144943                     Architecture: x86_64
Summary     : Linux Kernel for desktop use with x86_64

 

yes, it's smaller, by almost 50%.

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Just use the "kernel-netbook" stuff, or check what your netbook really needs, and roll your own custom kernel.

Yes, I know it's not trivial in distros like Mandriva (where the stock kernels are very heavily patched), but IMHO it's worth the effort.

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