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Old 05-23-2010, 04:34 PM   #76
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Originally Posted by Josh000 View Post
Well, I think bare.i was a concept more than being specific to a kernel version branch.

Older versions of slackware also had a huge.s, did they not?

bare.i was just a barebones kernel for booting on older/limited hardware, and there is now no equivalent, correct?
Yeah, that's true. However, I challenge you to make a bare.i 2.6.x kernel, it's not on there now, but you can add one.
Old 05-23-2010, 04:41 PM   #77
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I guess there was a huge change from 2.4 to 2.6 so that simply taking the .config file from bare.i and using it to try and build a 2.6.x kernel would be essentially impossible? It seems that generic might be able to be stripped further. bare.i is approximately half the size of generic- which is the smallest of the -current kernels.
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If you want to know the opinion of someone who has played with Slackware, in different x86 architectures.

The biggest improvement will be observed by switching from i486 to i586 with the use of MMX extensions, especially in older systems. I.e. MPlayer and Xine will run better in a old machine.

However, by switching to i686, will lost compatibility with some processors, will not see substantial improvements beyond i586 and will open a cup of worms. Various applications will crash or fail mysteriously. I guess because of (wrong) optimizations applied by compiler.

In fact, if you're curious how it will look on a i686 Slackware, try Arch Linux. You will notice some instability.

Therefore no major distributions use i686 architecture as default, the common case is i586.

If Patrick wants to change its Slackware architecture, I suggest him to use the i586 too, if he wants to avoid stability problems.
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