Compiling kernels for newbies

Usually, one of the first things after people are comfortable with maneuvering around linux, is to look into compiling a kernel. Having done it back in the day when it was definitely hair-pulling, teeth grinding, absolutely world cursing type of compilation, it’s a wonder that things are so much better for newbies.
Yet, it’s still a little bit difficult to master without a howto. Linux Forums provides one to quickly explain the ins and outs of linux kernel compiling. It doesn’t go into full detail, but gets you on the right path for kernel compiling fun. Why do you want to do this? Maybe boot faster, load less things into memory that don’t effect your system, or you’re just plain strange and want everything to be compiled into your kernel.
Whatever your desire, take a look at the howto to begin your kernel fun.