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Old 05-21-2004, 02:28 PM   #1
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some distros advertise themselves as being optimized. But, what does that involve? Is it just the kernel that's optimized? If you built it yourself, that wouldn't matter, would it?
Old 05-21-2004, 02:35 PM   #2
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I believe it means that the sources are written for specific architecture (i486, i686, ppc etc...) and possibly that the memory management has been streamlined for that hardware? but i could be wrong.
Old 05-21-2004, 09:16 PM   #3
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I don't think that it's the sources are written for a specific architecture, but that the sources are compiled for a specific architecture. From looking at some .SlackBuild files in the source directory, you can see that Slackware is optimized for i686 but will also run on i486.

CFLAGS="-O2 -march=i486 -mcpu=i686"

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.


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