Editing the Linux Kernel Configuration Files
kerneld, kmod, and other programs can do a lot more for you when they are configured by hand. Granted, this is not as nice as a graphical configuration program, but Linux's roots (in fact, UNIX's roots) are in text mode, and these systems for the most part have been run by hackers (the good ones, that is) who do not care too much for glitzy configuration tools when vi will do.
Finding information on module parameters
Module documentation has always been something of a weak point in Linux. The most up-to-date information is always included in the kernel, but some repositories on the Internet are also starting to keep this information. (A good place to start looking is the Linux Documentation Project, ...