I just recompiled the kernel on my new VL5.9 install, and there were some appreciable benefits for this old PII/300 Thinkpad. (I wonder how much of it was because of compiling specifically for the PII and how much of it was just because of switching to a non-smp kernel- I wonder why vector doesn't come with a UP kernel available, especially given that it's targeted more at lower-end hardware than other distros.)
Among the things which the new kernel broke which I have questions about:
- ndiswrapper. All it took to fix it was to grab the sources for 1.48, compile, and install the module, but I hadn't realized it wasn't in the normal kernel sources. What other out-of-tree modules are included in VL by default?
- init display. In paring everything down one of the things I decided was inessential was framebuffer support, and so for the time being the screen goes blank from when the kernel loads to when xdm starts up. I can find loads of documentation regarding how to enable bootsplash related stuff but nothing about disabling bootsplash and getting init to display in the normal fashion. How do I do it?