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Re: Are i386 binaries ok ?

On Sun, 16 Jul 2000, Arnaud Espanel wrote:

> Other GNU / Linux distributions binaries are pentium binaries and
> official debian intel binaries are i386 binaries. Some
> people say having pentium binaries increases performances.
> Is it true ? Why ? Is it interesting for people to recompile the
> whole distribution for their own processor ?
> And what about SMP systems ?

	If you have a pentium processor, recompiling the Linux source with
pentium optimization on, using pgcc (http://www.goof.com/pcg/), can
increase performance. This is how Mandrake makes their money. 
	Personally, I'm using a P-III 450. I did have Mandrake installed,
and now I'm playing with Debian without Pentium optimization. I haven't
noticed much of a difference. 

	As for SMP, I believe you need to compile your own kernel with SMP
support on. 


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lessons of science, is better than religious exercises."
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