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Re: Best Kernel?

On 10/27/07, Jeff Grossman <jeff@stikman.com> wrote:
> I have an AMD Sempron 2800+ processor with 1 Gig of ram.  I am currently
> using the 2.6.22-2-486 kernel from Lenny.  I want to install a different
> kernel so I can get the full use of my 1 Gig of ram.  I was looking
> through the options and found the following:
> linux-image-2.6.22-2-686
> linux-image-2.6.22-2-686-bigmem
> linux-image-2.6.22-2-amd64
> First off, can I use the amd64 kernel with a Sempron processor?  I am
> not sure if it has support for 64 bit programs.  If not, of the other
> two, which would be the best option for me?

The cpuid program should be able to tell you if you have a 32 bit
Sempron or a 64 bit Sempron. Even if you have a Sempron64, I
am not sure if you can/should run a 64 bit kernel while using
Debian's i386 arch.

In any case, the the k7 kernel will be better than the 486.

> And, when I am ready to upgrade, do I just run an apt-get install
> linux-image-2.6.22-2-*?

Yes, but you may want to install the k7 meta-package, which
always depends on a recent k7 kernel, so you don't have to
manually update your kernel image. Just install linux-image-k7
and it will do the rest.


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