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Re: A ? for all you old time linux users

On Sun, Oct 06, 2002 at 05:46:54PM +0200, Frank Gevaerts wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 06, 2002 at 11:07:34AM -0400, Edward Guldemond wrote:
> > It's feasible, and if you recompile from Debian sources, you can meet
> > all of the dependencies.  There's only one problem though:  most
> > packages are compiled with (reasonably) sane optimizations.  There won't
> > be many performance gains.  If I had to recompile four parts of my
> > system from source, they would be, in this order:
> > 
> > 1.  glibc, because it is THE library that all programs rely on
> > 2.  gcc, because it might speed up compiles
> > 3.  kernel, because a correctly tweaked kernel is a thing of beauty
> > 4.  XFree86, because I had to include a fourth (X takes FOREVER to
> >     build)
> > 
> > Even then I'm not sure that you'd get many performance gains.  Remember
> > Knuth:  "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."
> > 
> > This approach used to be valid back in the days of Slackware 2.0 (which
> > I fondly remember but am happy in these days), but not because of speed
> > increases usually, but usually because at the rate software was written,
> > your distro inevitably never had the updated version of the packages you
> > wanted, or never had this new software package.  Now, it's not so bad.
> > I find Debian runs fine on my 486 DX2/66, my PII 400, and my P4 1.7 GhZ,
> > and that's just at home.  Don't get me started on my SPARC at work! :-)
> You have a sparc, and you didn't include openssl in your list of
> software to recompile ? It must be a very fast sparc 

The 'magic 4' are for my Intel boxen.  Sparc is an entirely different
animal.  It's my baby...

Possibly computer obssed,

Edward Guldemond

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