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Old 09-21-2005, 12:25 AM   #1
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what is Linux "SMP"

I installed Redhat linux 9 for the first time in my life...
In the boot screen i can see 2 Linux version ...
one of them with a bizzard name of ....LINUX "SMP"

what is the difference between the normal one and Linux SMP....

which one i have to choose
Old 09-21-2005, 12:38 AM   #2
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SMP = Symmetric MultiProcessing, i.e. multiple CPUs

If you have multiple CPUs, you should be using the SMP kernel; I don't know why you would have non-SMP kernels installed.
Old 09-21-2005, 12:39 AM   #3
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"SMP" stands for "Symmetric Multi Processing". You would use the SMP version only if your PC had two or more CPUs (i.e. if you had a multi-processor PC).

Normally, you'd choose the non-SMP kernel.

Here's a link that might be of interest to you:
Old 09-21-2005, 12:39 AM   #4
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SMP stands for "Symmetric Multiprocessing" - It's specifically for a system that has multiple processors (generally high end servers, or ubergamer machines)
My guess would be that you just need to go with the regular...
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SMP kernel allows a multi-processor (more than 1 CPU) system or hyper-threading (eg: Pentium 4 HT) systems perform better. May be you don't have either and the installer guessed wrong. But I guess you are having a P4HT.

Selecting either at boot-time won't turn your computer into a brick. If you really have one of the above situations it's better to boot with SMP for better performance.

(SMP stands for Symmetric Multi Processing. This is an Operating System concept which allows to run more than one process (in terms of OS level) simultaneously.)

Yet another time in this forum, I have to recomment switching to a newer distro. RH9 is old. If you need help about similar distros search LQ, I have mentioned this several times, and lot others, too.

BTW, I like the name "franklampard". He's one of my favourite players.

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Old 09-21-2005, 12:55 AM   #6
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I'm happy someone FINALLY mentioned P4-HT. you probably have one.
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Thanks for all replys

I am having P4HT... may be thats why im having it on my boot screen


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