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Does anyone know how well the Intel Core Duo works with Linux Kernel 2.6.15 and higher?
Reason: Laptop I am lookng at comes only with core duo, and I am wary of the new tech (mainly because I don't understand it, but also because I know Linux usually lags by several months of hardware support compared to M$).
Linux works just fine with the Core Duo. You need to use an SMP kernel in order to use both cores.
I don't think there has been an Intel or AMD x86 chip that wasn't supported with Linux on release.
I need to use an "SMP kernel" to use both cores? How do I know if my distro (MEPIS 3.43) has this "SMP" core? Is it a standard feature in most modern Linux OS? Or, would I have to do compiling, command line stuff, etc to get this "SMP" feature?I hope it is standard, because people who are just looking for a windows replacement aren't going to put up with this technical stuff.\
BTW. . .in plain English. . .could someone tell me what "compile" means? Yes, I have looked elsewhere but all I find are technical definitions. Please translate into "n00b - speak" for me.
I've seen distros provide SMP kernels. They usually append SMP to the name of the kernel. So it would be kernel-2.16.13-SMP or something like that. Otherwise you'd have to compile your own. Really not that difficult. My 12-year has done it several times with very little help from Dad.