--I'll give you an AMEN, and a real-world example: Knoppix live-cd's.
--Live-cds can load a bunch of things by default (like NTFS module) that I simply **do not have** on my system. The module is sitting there taking up memory, and with 2.4 and ALL PREVIOUS kernels -- all the way back to 2.0 -- I can unload the module if it's not needed.
--To do away with that functionality leads to madness and despair, and (l)user revolt. ;-)
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