Well Not Useless as 386 architecture won't be needing or take advantage of what's new coming down the kernel pikes anyway.
Would locked it down when I reached that "Best Setup" for that ole' puppy and keep on using a still very functional setup.
But yep looks like the Kernel has become a huge monster since it's humble beginnings.
And needs to start trimming out the fat and trying to achieve a leaner more manageable entity.
Now if I can just get that kernel compiled for my Osbourne 1 & Amiga 3000....???