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Old 10-20-2003, 05:01 AM   #1
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linux kernel differences


i am just wondering what makes the i686, i586, and athlon kernels different from each other... they also have the boot, bigmem, and the smp... what are those?

also i noticed that source packages are always in i386... why?
Old 10-20-2003, 05:51 AM   #2
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A kernel can be optimized for a certain processor architecture. For example, and Athlon kernel uses high performance features of the AMD Athlon chip, and doesn't work at an Intel Pentium 4 system.

If you compile a kernel, you have to choose what architecture you're building the kernel for.

I don't know about the source packages, perhaps they use common code that works at every PC platform? But I'd expect to see i386 for binaries only


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