Re: SUMMARY: pentium optimized debian discussion
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> 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,
Why "a lot"? Let's say we compile only 10% of the distribution that
matters and that binaries account for about half of a package's
installed size. That's an 0.5% increase in distribution size?
> Pentium optimized binaries will run slower on 386's than normal i386 binaries.
Because of the 10% size presumably? They can't run more than 10%
slower. And probably much less as NOPs take minimal time to execute.
>From the estimates so far, I don't think it makes any sense to add the
complication of a whole new architecture. Instead just recompile the
few packages that are computation intensive.
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