I am a new Debian user. I used to work in Mandrake and there the x86
packages are compiled for i586, while in Debian they are compiled for
i386. From my experience, I know you can improve the performance
recompiling the kernel for your particular machine architecture, but I
am not sure about how much you will improve the overall performace
recompiling also some of the packages (as for example glibc). I would
like to know how you expect this to affect performance in new computers
with PIV and AthlonXP processors.