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Re: 64-bit netbooks with Debian linux

On 5/3/2010 6:20 PM, deloptes wrote:
Mark Allums wrote:

With 64 bits, you will need more memory, so I suggest you look for a
machine that can use 4 GB of memory.

I also found that people underestimate the importance of L2/3 cache. I'm
compiling very often and it's really faster on my developer's notebook with
4M cache then on faster CPU with 512K. The difference is in the terms of
4-8 times.
I've noticed that there is only 512K cache in the most netbooks which makes
then unsuitable for development. ATM this is stopping me from buying one.
Do you know if there are some with larger cache?


I do not know, but I would guess that it is dependent on the CPU. A particular ARM or Atom chip may have a particular amount of on-chip cache.

Choosing one's machine carefully would include knowing what type of CPU is in it.


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