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Old 07-16-2003, 04:56 PM   #1
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i386 rpms everywhere!!!!

RH 9.0

WHT? Seems like every rpm I have to go find is i386. Yet I see other drivers with i486,i586 and yes, even i686........

Am I to understand I'm running code that's not even optimized for PENTIUM!?!?

How can I ditch all these i386 libs/rpms/whatever and get tech that actually uses my P4?
Old 07-16-2003, 05:00 PM   #2
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You need to get .src.rpms and compile them.
Old 07-16-2003, 05:03 PM   #3
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Is a 586 or 686 .rpm really so bad?
You did pick a package based distro afterall, if you want source+compiling, try Gentoo.
Old 07-16-2003, 07:05 PM   #4
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I'm not saying 586 or 686 is bad at all. I'm saying it seems like most of the stuff for RH is i386 and THAT is bad, as in SLOW. I don't understand why RH doesn't ship with pre compiled i486, or better yet, i586 series rpms.
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Because not everybody is running Pentium or better and RH wants as many customers as they can get, figuring that asking Pentium+ users to use their ability to compile and tweak is better than making it impossible for a 486 user to get Red Hat at all?

Checkinstall works for rpms, too, I think - get it and compile from source and it'll still show up as a regular rpm. That can be even more optimized than a generic i686 rpm.

I don't know the history, so I could be wrong, but Mandrake's a 586 or better distro and nearly went broke while RH is rolling in it.
Old 07-16-2003, 09:50 PM   #6
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The i686 RPMs are the Pentium 4 class RPMs. There is actually nothing wrong with running i386 RPMs, and in fact sometimes they are faster... i386 compilers are often more worked over and therefore can compile code that runs well. Some Pentium class processors actually process the i386 code better than their own native code...
Old 07-17-2003, 05:06 AM   #7
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You mean I actually have to LEARN which rpms are faster AND compatible with others on my machine?!


Thanks guys.


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