All the Linux kernels which come with distributions are quite bloated and contain more features than any of us will ever need or use. If you have not re-compiled your own kernel, it is highly recommended that you do so. How to re-compile a kernel is beyond the scope of this document, but many excellent Linux books and guides cover this subject in intimate detail.
If you do re-compile your kernel, remember to put in no more features than you need. For instance: how many of you include PLIP support in your kernel? How many of you who include it actually use it? Smaller kernels require less time to load, use less memory, and use less CPU cycles.
Another thing is modules. I personally do not use them because I found them to be a cumbersome. If you use them and like them then they can help to relieve "kernel bloat."