On Sat, Apr 26, 2003 at 02:23:03PM +0200, José Luis Tallón wrote: > At 19:55 26/04/2003 +1000, you wrote: > >On Sat, Apr 26, 2003 at 09:41:14AM +0200, Andreas Metzler wrote: > >> 1a. create a stripped down version for i386, i.e. required/important > >> and go for i486. > > > >Is there much performance improvement in dropping i386 in favour of > >i486+? > > - Integrated math coprocessor ( why does libc still check for its > availability? ) > - Cache ( very much needed, i mught add ) > - Pipeline "attempt" IIRC > - Mandatory 32bits Bus/Memory > > IMHO, since we have concluded there are almost NO "true i386" around ( not > even for routers ), Here is an extract of recent boot messages from one such animal: Apr 22 23:27:43 debian kernel: Linux version 2.4.18 (root@emac140) (gcc version 2.95.4 (Debian prerelease)) #1 fre mar 22 02:53:42 CET 2002 [...] Apr 22 23:27:43 debian kernel: Kernel command line: auto BOOT_IMAGE=Linux ro root=301 ether=10,0x300,eth0 ether=9,0x240,eth1 Apr 22 23:27:43 debian kernel: Console: colour VGA+ 80x25 Apr 22 23:27:43 debian kernel: Calibrating delay loop... 3.62 BogoMIPS [...] Apr 22 23:27:45 debian kernel: CPU: 386 Running Woody and acting as a router. There might be more of them than you think. A stripped down version of i386 might actually be a good thing for those of us who still uses 386 machines (with comparably small HD:s) 1a seems appropriate. -- Hans Ekbrand (http://sociologi.cjb.net) <email@example.com> GnuPG key: 1024D/7050614E (currently active subkey 03CE8884) Fingerprint: 1408 C8D5 1E7D 4C9C C27E 014F 7C2C 872A 7050 614E Key available at keyserver.kjsl.com Encrypted emails prefered.
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