I always recompile the kernel and have never experienced problems as a
result of it. Most of the "out of the box" kerenels do have parallel
printer support, that is true. There are other reasons to recompile
though. Sometimes you can achieve a smaller memory footprint by paring
the kernel and recompiling. I personally like to include support for
all of the drivers I will need directly in the kernel. This all but
eliminates the possibility of an essential module being improperly
loaded at boot (from my experience anyway).
The only reason a recompile is likely to break a working system is if
the kernel is misconfigured. If the kernel was recompiled without some
option that the original kernel had compiled in it could cause
>>I'm recompiling the 2.2.12 kernel to enable support for a
>>parallel port printer. Unfortunately, this breaks everything
>>that's compiled as a modules.
>ALL distributions that I have every heard of support parallel port
>printers out of the box. What made you think you should recompile?
>Despite what some of the ancient and outdated howtos say, you almost
>never should recompile your kernel. You will almost always make things
>worse, rather than better.
>(Yes, it is possible to recompile one's kernel and have it work.