Citing an internal Intel study that tracked kernel releases, Bottomley said Linux performance had dropped about two per centage points at every release, for a cumulative drop of about 12 per cent over the last ten releases. “Is this a problem?” he asked.
Linus goes onto say that kernel bloat is unacceptable but it’s also probably unavoidable. Personally, I think this is one peril of a monolithic kernel. Can’t really fault Linus for this even though the releases go out with his blessing. Feature inclusion is a by-product of preventing forking. We want everyone to use and contribute back to the same kernel sources. Perhaps it’s time that the gentoo system is more closely examined and made more user-friendly?