[Mageia-dev] i686 must be Pentium II ?

Filipe Rosset rosset.filipe at gmail.com
Sat Sep 25 17:17:37 CEST 2010

On 09/25/2010 09:16 AM, R James wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 4:59 AM, Patrice BRUNELLE
> <patrice.brunelle at free.fr>  wrote:
>> Le vendredi 24 septembre 2010 à 15:51 -0500, R James a écrit :
>>> Technically, the i686 started with the Pentium Pro.  (Remember that?  :o)
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P6_(microarchitecture)
>> Yes I remember that. And ?
> Its just a precision to the subject title.  i686 began with the
> Pentium Pro, not Pentium II.
> I'm not sure what performance benefits can be gained from compiling
> for i686 vs i586.  Probably not much except for multimedia
> applications which most of those can auto-detect the CPU's
> capabilities anyways.

Just for reference, the Fedora Project was changed from i586 to i686:

(with 'benchmarks')

> There are still people running AMD K6's (ie: me) which is also i586.
> If we compile for i686 and newer, they won't even be able to boot the
> installer.
> Therefore, I agree with the decision to keep i586 support.

I agree too.

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