will wrote: I've did a "uname -m" and confirmed that I have an i686 machine.
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Since Mint is compiled for i386 (like most distros) I am playing around with the idea of recompiling the kernel to get faster speed out of Mint and just to learn how
"most distros" = i386 is absolutely wrong IMHO; Nowadays "most distros" are geared towards i586
and only Debian-based distros (plus a few other rare exceptions) still support i386.
will wrote: Is it worth it?
If you really know what you do and if you need to run a server or if you depend on real-time calculations (CAD/CAM, rendering, controlling a nuclear powerplant, editing of very large media files, etc.): Yes. If you just run a desktop system: No. The differences are minimal. To really take full advantage of your CPU you'd have to compile everything
from scratch and not just the kernel. In such a case you should use something like Gentoo Linux
will wrote: Is it complicated?
Your mileage may vary.
will wrote: Can someone point me towards a verified tutorial?
As this stuff was already asked here many times I will make this sticky + lock this thread, as all questions were properly answered to IMHO