Re: SUMMARY: pentium optimized debian discussion
Guy Maor wrote:
> Does code compiled with pentium optimization run on all Intel
> If so, why do we need a separate architecture?
Pentium optmized binaries are about 10% larger than i386 binaries (the
compiler probably inserts NOPs for pipelining purposes). If debian switched
to pentium optimized binaires, it would increase the installed size of
debian a lot, and only a small set of packages are made significantly faster
by pentium optimization.
Pentium optimized binaries will run slower on 386's than normal i386 binaries.
So if we switched even a few of the most important programs over to being
pentium optimized, this would penalize the older 386 and 486 machines out
there - and they are already slow enough!
see shy jo
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