Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 53013
Package for i586-based single-CPU kernel is missing
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:36:48 EDT
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Description of problem:
For both Raw Hide and the 7.2 beta refresh (Roswell), the i586-based
single-CPU kernel package seems to have been dropped.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 2.4.7-2.9
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Hit the above URL, or perform the equivalent FTP navigation.
Actual Results: File not found.
Expected Results: In previous distros (at least up through 7.1), there
has always been an i586-based single-CPU kernel package.
There is, however, an i586-based SMP kernel. Should I be using that on my
single-CPU machine (I'm guessing the answer for that is no), fall back to
the i386-based kernel, or wait for a single-CPU i586 kernel package to
show up in Raw Hide?
Believe it or not, some of us are still running on merely semi-ancient
CPUs (in my case, a 90 MHz Pentium MMX, albeit with 128 MB RAM).
Whoops, that should have been a 233 MHz Pentium MMX. I also have a 90 MHz
classic Pentium-based machine upon which Linux still runs fine (albeit without
graphical workstation capabilities).
The i586 UP kernel has been "obsoleted". I'll explain why:
There is little benefit of a i586 kernel over a i386 kernel (gcc will optimize
the instruction-scheduling for i586 anyway) and the cd space the i586 kernel
took is now used by the Athlon kernel. Unlike the i586 kernel, the athlon kernel
DOES make a significant difference in optimization.
Re the SMP kernel: a i386 SMP kernel doesn't actually work (there are no i386
SMP machines and the i486 SMP machines that exist don't work with linux) so
there the minimum is i586.