Kernel naming (Re: CONFIG_M486=y in linux-image-2.6.17-8-386_2.6.17-8.22_i386.deb ?)

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sat Sep 23 00:16:15 BST 2006

On Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 10:39:41PM +0100, Toby Smithe wrote:
> Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 09:17:02PM +0100, Toby Smithe wrote:
> >> Surely also the kernel in its current state would not be usable (would
> >> it even work?) on i386; as for i486. The name is just a convention,
> >> showing the lowest common denominator. I don't think it matters.
> > 
> > It is ambiguous, and does not reflect the purpose of that kernel (both
> > kernels work on the same CPU variants), so I do think it should be changed,
> > though for slightly different reasons.
> This leaves with the problem of what to change it to.

The kernel called -generic is configured for desktop use.

The kernel called -386 is a uniprocessor-only kernel, and includes a few
drivers omitted from the -generic kernel because they cannot be built with
an SMP-capable kernel.

(Ben, that reminds me, we still need to publish a list of those drivers)

 - mdz

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