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Old 11-07-2003, 11:43 AM   #1
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i386???


why is fedora and RedHat still stuck at i386. pretty much all other distros have advanced. mandrake is at i586 and others like arch are up to i 686.
Anybody have any clue??
 
Old 11-07-2003, 11:45 AM   #2
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So that you can still run those binaries on a 486 or 386. Lots of old gateways, web servers, mail servers, and that kind of thing still run on 486s.
 
Old 11-07-2003, 12:14 PM   #3
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I've got kind of a old lap top. P3 700 with only 128 meg of ram. Min requirements from what I read are 192 and 256 suggested. Fedora runs like a champ on my laptop.

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Old 11-07-2003, 12:20 PM   #4
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yeah I see what you're saying, it just seems like they would have went up to i586 by now though.
 
Old 11-07-2003, 01:17 PM   #5
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You can always compile your own, optimized for your CPU, if you're really interested

My suspicion is that they keep it that way so you don't have to buy a whole new computer every time you get a new OS. Unlike some other OS vendors we could name...
 
Old 11-07-2003, 02:17 PM   #6
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A quote from the Fedora Core 1 Release Notes :

"Fedora Core 1 is optimized for Pentium PRO (and later) CPUs, but also supports Pentium-class CPUs. This approach has been taken because Pentium-class optimizations actually result in reduced performance for non-Pentium-class processors."

http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/release-notes/
 
Old 11-07-2003, 02:52 PM   #7
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any good resources out there that I could check in order to optimize it for my system?
 
Old 11-07-2003, 04:15 PM   #8
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A relatively easy way to get RPMs optimized for your architecture is to download the source RPMs for the packages you want to install/upgrade. Look for RPMs with 'src' in their name. Check out the RPM Howto for details; you can use the following command, assuming you have a working compiler and any required libraries installed:

rpm --rebuild --target athlon someprogram.src.rpm

(assuming you have an athlon; I think the option is '--arch i586' for a generic Pentium build). Also, read the rpm and rpmbuild manual pages for more info. Many programs that you can get the source code for also have a 'configure' option similar to this.

I usually do this with anything I install. I don't know how much difference it makes, though; the performance improvement might be negligible.
 
  


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