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Re: Are we losing users to Gentoo?

On Thu, 1 Apr 2004 06:26, William Ballard <40311.nospam@comcast.net> wrote:
> The rise of Gentoo and the rise of AMD Athlon fanboys probably
> coincides.  Naively (having seen no benchmarks) one would assume Athlon
> would benefit the most from natively Athlon-compiled code.

There has been exactly one program for which I installed an Athlon compiled 
version to get better performance (a movie player).  It did not provide any 
noticable performance benefit, and it would often SEGV.  I then went back to 
the i386 optimised version, it stopped crashing and didn't appear any slower.

So far my experience with Athlon optimisation has not been positive.  I think 
it's often better to use the most common compilation settings if you just 
want things to work rather than debugging applications and compilers.

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