I'm in the process of building a new server that'll be running Apache with some fairly heavy PHP stuff. This is not the first server I'm building using Slackware, but it is the first where I'm considering going for one of those fancy new dual core CPU thingies.
But what's that I hear? I need a "special" SMP enabled kernel?
I've never done anything remotely kernel related, as I've never really had the need. Before I started using Slackware (September 2006) kernel upgrading was done automatically by the patcher (swup in my case) if I opted for it. With Slackware I've just decided to run with whatever kernel Pat V. decided was best for Slackware to ship with.
This has done me good so far.
But what if I want to take advantage of this new dual core CPU? Will I need to do anything specific when installing, and if so, are there any pitfalls I should be aware of?
Perhaps someone could point me in the right direction, preferably to something really beginner-friendly, as messing with the kernel actually scares me a bit.
And finally will I even see any significant performance gains from SMP on a server running only Apache/PHP, because if it's a matter of a "measly" 10-15%, then I'd rather avoid the whole issue and just go with the fastest single core CPU I can find.. hehe