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Re: mplayer / divx

On Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 12:06:10AM -0700, Aaron Lehmann wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 29, 2001 at 08:47:53AM +0200, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > Previously Aaron Lehmann wrote:
> > > I'd *like* to optimize the package at least for a Pentium, because I
> > > imagine that MMX may be useful and I really doubt that the package
> > > would have any utility whatsoever on anything < i586.
> > 
> > There is i386, i386 with mmx, i386 with 3dnow and a few other
> > variations. Lots of options to choose from.
> So with the ones you listed, we're talking about i386 vs. Pentium
> MMX and up vs. K6/Athlon. As I said, my impulse is to go with the Pentium
> optimization since it's a very safe bet. Is there a problem with doing
> this in a distribution that's supposed to be for i386? I share the view
> with many that we should try to preserve a least common denominator,
> but trying to watch DivX videos on a 386 is just crazy.

For the record, mplayer is acceptably fast in a build with no
optimisations other than -O2 (i386 instruction ordering, no MMX, no
nothing), on my Athlon @800. It doubtless could use less CPU cycles,
but I really don't do much else while watching video streams.

The only real challenge is the borderline processors...

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 : :' :                         | Dept. of Computing,
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