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Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Kernel Cautions

Before we get into the details of building custom kernels, we’ll look at why that’s usually a bad idea.

Don’t Build Custom Kernels

Many open source operating systems encourage sysadmins to build custom kernels. Mailing lists for these operating systems are full of suggestions on rebuilding, tweaking, and modifying the kernel. Those user communities will walk new users through rebuilding the kernel.

OpenBSD developers take a different approach to rebuilding the kernel. They ship a default kernel, called GENERIC, which you will almost never need to rebuild.

Building a kernel from source doesn’t prove that you’re an alpha geek, and rebuilding the kernel is never a recommended way to solve a problem. The people who build custom ...

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