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This is the blog of John Dulaney, a hacker of Fedora, SCAdian, player of Music, blacksmith, sailor, and consumer of Bacon.

New kernel, New instrument

So, what do flutes and the Linux kernel have in common?  Me.  Specifically, once I start a big compile (such as the kernel), I’ll practice playing whilst my computer is bogged down.  Since I am now learning the flute, and since I’ve just recompiled the new kernel (3.0-rc1) due to leaving out a driver during my first round, I was playing whilst my computer was compiling.

Anyway, on to the kernel.  It’s running nicely, I haven’t had any issues other than leaving out the FAT driver (as I found out when I tried to use my USB flash drive, oops).  Since I left out the vast majority of the drivers available, the kernel as I’m running it is very small and seems to be a bit faster than the generic F15 kernel.  Of course, I’m not sure how much I’ll wind up using it in practice since for testing purposes I have to use whatever kernel is in the testing repository.

In other news, looks like my friend Larry is going to have a shindig tomorrow, so I’m going to be playing (sadly, not mandolin since that’s in the shop).  I’ll also be recording, so look out for that.  Expect to hear a bunch of folk, blues, some country, etc.  I imagine it will be pretty heavy on the Old Crow Medicine Show.

On the flute, I can sort of bang out something that with some (quite a bit, actually) imagination can be recognized as Yankee Doodle.  I’ll probably bring it and see what I can do about jamming with it.  I’m not quite sure how much I’ll be able to play, since all the notes I know are in the key of G.  Ah, well, I’ll get there, eventually.


2 responses to “New kernel, New instrument

  1. foo June 4, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Next time copy the distro kernel config to .config and run `make localmodconfig` to make it build only the modules u have loaded.

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