Things to check when configuring a linux kernel.
When configuring a linux kernel for datataking
some things you should keep in mind are:
Make sure that cpu intensive cron jobs are disabled.
Look in /etc/cron.daily, .weekly, .monthly.. Main culprit was cron.daily
slocate.cron would scan the enire file system at 4am each day. Probably
just leave the logfile rotation script for daily processing.
Some 2.4 kernels do not work very well. Upgrade to one that does.
Get the ntpd configuration correct. May want to include the ntp.log file
so we can see when trouble occurs.