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Re: linux-image for i586



On Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:41:26 -0500, Johan wrote in message 
<87aalgiw61.fsf@emmy.axel.nom>:

> Sthu Deus <sthu.deus@gmail.com> writes:
> 
> > Good day.
> >
> > Just wanted to ask, Why there is no linux-image package for i586,
> > especially w/ MMX support - but only for i486, then for i686 and up?
> 
> I don't think all that many people have i586 boxen.  They were current
> in the timeframe 1995 through 1997.  That's over a dozen years ago.

..and now they can be had for free, and made use of.
In other cases, access is expensive, so old junk is
left in service.

> The i486 kernel will run on an i586 box.  Even if you compile the
> kernel for i586 how much speed are you really going to get?  A few
> percent? And how much time do you spend in kernel as opposed to
> userland?  Maybe 3-20 percent depending on what you are doing right?
> So, in rough numbers, that's a 10% off on 10% of what you do for a
> net of roughly 1%.

..se my response to Sthu Deus.

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