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Old 10-22-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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quad core with linux


Hey I am somewhat new with Linux.. I have tried a couple of distros for my quad core pc, but they have not worked. I have been looking for Linux Distros that will support quad core but not really finding anything. Obviously quad will work with linux is there any distros that will support this. I am leaning towards suse 10.2 or maybe trying ubuntu.
 
Old 10-22-2007, 04:20 PM   #2
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You need a distro running the SMB kernel for multi-core cpus. Suse will probably install the SMB kernel if multi-core or multiple cpus are found. I can't say about other distro, though I'm sure they at least provide SMB kernels as an option to the vanilla kernel.
 
Old 10-22-2007, 04:26 PM   #3
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You need a distro running the SMB kernel for multi-core cpus. Suse will probably install the SMB kernel if multi-core or multiple cpus are found. I can't say about other distro, though I'm sure they at least provide SMB kernels as an option to the vanilla kernel.
So do I dl the susex64 and it should automatically detect the quad core??
 
Old 10-22-2007, 07:16 PM   #4
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Chances are... but so should the *buntus and the current stable slackware
and probably many others.

Slack supports up to 32 CPUs out of the box
 
Old 10-23-2007, 11:55 AM   #5
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I've noticed several threads in the Ubuntu forums that mention people running it on quad cores. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=570528 mentions how somebody initially made a mistake and installed the i386 kernel, which didn't have SMP support, so it only supported one core. I assume you just need to select "64bit AMD and Intel computers" instead of "Standard personal computer" on the download page.
 
Old 10-23-2007, 03:39 PM   #6
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Bloke I used to work with runs SuSE (current version I think) on 4 cpu's (seperate chips), rather than a quad core single chip.

Hence I'm presuming that as long as the distro is the right one for the architecture and has an SMP kernel (or supports SMP) then it should work. Hell, isn't scalability part of what linux is all about ??

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Old 10-23-2007, 03:43 PM   #7
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Additionally, Red Hat EL 5 supports quad core. But this is at the Enterprise level.
 
  


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