Kernel Images

Tom Adelstein adelste at
Mon May 30 18:49:33 UTC 2005

On Mon, 2005-05-30 at 09:38 -0400, Matthew S-H wrote:
> I've been hearing a lot lately about using the "i686" and "k7"  
> kernels instead of the default "i386".
> I was just wondering, what kernel is best for what systems?
> For example, I have a Pentium 4 (1.7 GHz) system with 256MB RAM,  
> 160GB Hard Drive space, and both WinXP and Ubuntu installed.  Which  
> kernel image would be best for me?

Hey Matt!

Linux-image-2.6.10-5-686. Use Synaptic Package Manager to find it. Click

Here's what the description says:

Linux kernel image for version 2.6.10 on PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/PIV.
This package contains the Linux kernel image for version 2.6.10 on
 Pentium Pro/Celeron/Pentium II/Pentium III/Pentium IV,
the corresponding file, and the modules built by the

It also contains scripts that try to ensure that the system is not left
in a unbootable state after an update.

The default kernel on the CD seems to be a generic i386. That's OK, but
the i686 is optimized for for your processor and mine.

Looking at your configuration, I would also suggest your put more RAM on
your PC. RAM is cheap right now and nothing makes the system perform
better. You Pentium IV is also fine.

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list