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SubjectRe: The advantage of modules?
My best reasons are...

Development: You don't have to recompile the kernel a billion times
while working on a driver, you just recompile the module. Also, you
can debug, unload, fix, recompile, reload a module to add or fix
pieces of it all (hopefully) without rebooting.

Practical usage: When I take my laptop on the road I use ppp, so I
load it then. Most of the time I don't need it, so I don't load it.

Evan Thompson writes:
> I'd like to know (I know, I'm being slightly off topic, while still
> staying on topic, so I'm on topic...er...yes) if there is any
> advantage, be it memory-wise or architectuarally wise, to use modules?
>
> I already know the obvious points of if you are creating a distro that
> it is usually good to make a very modular kernel for those wishing not
> to recompile their kernel, but I was wondering if there were any other
> advantages to using modules vs. making a monolithic kernel for a
> kernel to be used only on one machine (with no other hardware support
> at all)?
>
> Thanks, and sorry if I'm being slightly off topic...
> Kernels are fun! I wish I could learn more!
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