[Bug 24533] Re: Fail to boot smp kernel

Antonio Ricardo Soares da Silva Correia antonioricardo.correia at gmail.com
Thu Sep 21 11:45:27 UTC 2006


Though I have some knowledge of C it´s not that deep so I can´t comment on Paul´s patches.
I know 386 is the default kernel in many distributions but I´ve got used to using the 686 because my first dist, years ago, was Mandrake and on install it detected the kind of processor and installed by default 686/SMP as the default kernel for my machine.
Both the 686 and 686/SMP kernels provide better performance for a Pentium 4 (or better machine) otherwise it would make no sense having them.
The 386 kernel should work also with an Atlon 64 that is backwards compatible with Intel x86 code but it won´t take full profit of the processor and that´s why there is a kernel version for it (and other AMD processors as a matter of fact).
So my point is I want to be able to use my machine to the full extent of the speed and other possibilities of it´s hardware and not be limited to the bare bones 386 kernel that ignores the most of the microcode in my processor.
Appart from 3rd world countries I don´t suppose there are many of us around still using a 386 or even a 486 and that would need the that version of the kernel.

Fail to boot smp kernel

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