Why is this here? This is in no way FOSS
Packaged doesn't mean good
I've been a Linux user since Yggdrasil... Which caused me to quickly move to Slackware :) I've been compiling kernels a long time. At home I use both Slackware and RedHat.
At work, RedHat exclusivly... It's just simpler in general, but...
One of my home systems uses a mulitiude of odds and ends, and the Pre-packaged RedHat kernel just hangs on my system. At work, I have a system that needs some special
options in the SCSI sub-system (multi-lun support); Again, the pre-packaged kernel binaries are just not up to it and building from the kernel source RPM somehow doesn't build the module to do it. So I end up building the kernel from generic source. I don't wait for RedHat or Slackware to package up a kernel upgrade if it has something I need. I do wait for other people to run it for a while before I install the latest/greatest.
The downside is some of the stuff, I'd like to play with is rather insistant about kernel version designation (redhat and 2.2.16-30) and "unsupported"... Not fun for me :(
And while I'm on the topic of pre-packaged open-source software. How many of us have been bitten by badly built RPMS? My most recent foray was NIS a crucial part of
the ypserver package wasn't compiled correctly, and from my experiements, CAN'T be build correctly from the source RPM! Back to the generic source! That was good for a wasted day.