Kernel Optimization

Back in the late 90's - early 00's when I was first learning Linux it wasn't uncommon for people to build a kernel optimized for their hardware. Sure, the performance gains were usually minor and so was the saved hard drive space but in those days it seemed like small gains were worth it. Maybe it was just worth it to me? There doesn't really seem to be a point to that these days with plentiful, fast, and relatively cheap storage along with much faster processors. Not to mention that most hardware drivers are loaded as modules now. But the other day I was reading an article that quoted Linus saying the Linux kernel is becoming bloated. Seems like if you were really worried about that, you could compile a custom kernel for your hardware like in the old days. I'm still not sure it's still worth it now though. Does anyone still compile custom kernels?

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