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Re: ramblings about old hardware, gzip, bz2, and pentium opts

Philip Thiem <ptt@umr.edu> writes:

> David Bristel wrote:

>> Now, the real question here, is there a C compiler that has AMD
>> Athlon tweaks?  Since the Athlon is a VERY VERY good chip, I'd love
>> to see binaries compiled specifically for IT.

> But then this is the same deal.  For one, not that I know of yet,
> partially because AMD has even realized a reference compiler.
> Anyway, a very specific optimizaiton for a very specific class of
> machines.  While I'd too would like to see it, is doing this to
> anything but a small number of package--the required packages--worth
> doing it do?  We are taking about a few thousand packages, that the
> developer would have to come up with a the ftp people have to
> maintain.

Its only neccessary to optimize a very few packages and if you realy
feel like you need those optimized, write diffs to the packages to
provide specialised versions along with the normal once. No need to
create a complete distribution.

In my view its not neccessary to compile specialized versions,
everyone can do that himself and I think it would be better to spend
time on making it possible to update a Debian system from source, so
you can download source, compile them and install the created deb
files directly from apt-get/dselect. While at this one could make
every package beeing build use some global options (like Pentium

May the Source be with you.

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