Compiling Kernels Like It’s 1995

These are the nights when I regret my decision not to go for a Mac as my Laptop: As if it was 1995, I’m sitting here, sleepy, waiting for my PC to finish compiling the Linux kernel — which takes eternities. The reason? I was stupid enough to inst…

These are the nights when I regret my decision not to go for a Mac as my Laptop: As if it was 1995, I’m sitting here, sleepy, waiting for my PC to finish compiling the Linux kernel — which takes eternities.The reason? I was stupid enough to install Redhat’s Fedora Core 3 on that truly cutting edge thinkpad I use, without checking that this problem (which is the same as this problem) was actually fixed — it isn’t, not even in the latest “testing” kernel. Linux has been running rock-solid on this machine for the past six months, until the latest so-called stable kernel, which will leave the keyboard in a completely useless state after any APM suspend/resume.So I’m now rebuilding the last useable FC2 kernel (which doesn’t seem to be available in binary RPM form any more) for use on FC3, to get back my laptop’s full functionality.(Meanwhile, the PDA is still in the process of being repaired; replacement devices can’t be made available, I’m told.)