-generic vs -386

Travis Watkins alleykat at gmail.com
Fri Oct 13 17:35:39 BST 2006

On 10/12/06, Lukas Sabota <punkrockguy318 at comcast.net> wrote:
> Is there any difference between the -generic kernel and the -386 kernel?
> If not, why are there two of the same thing in the repos?
> -generic is installed by default, but nvidia-glx depends on the -386
> kernel.
> Could someone enlighten me?

-generic has SMP support and -386 has certain drivers that don't work
with SMP. As far as I know that's the only difference. nvidia-glx
depends on linux-restricted-modules for either 386 or generic but if
you don't have the generic version installed already apt will install
the 386 one which in turn pulls in the 386 kernel.

Travis Watkins

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