[linux-audio-user] Re: Fresh PC waiting for basic installation - Advice?

tim hall tech at glastonburymusic.org.uk
Tue Jul 6 04:32:39 EDT 2004

Last Tuesday 06 July 2004 01:06, Alastair Couper was like:
> What difference does the target processor for the various distros make ?
> Is there enough difference between the i386 i586 i686 based distros to
> be worth anything ? 

Don't know, never tried. :-)

> I had assumed that compiling your own kernel for 
> your specific processor was a Good Thing (tm). I figured that building
> these other apps for your processor would be a slight advantage too. An
> i386 based distro for multimedia doesn't make sense if the apps aren't
> making use of the various enhancements available in P4 or K7 based
> systems, unless those enhancements don't count for much in real life.

It's certainly not something you need to worry about before you've settled on 
a suitable distro. Pre-patched multimedia kernels are generally available in 
386, 586, 686, k6 & k7 flavours. I assume that deals with most differences.
As for applications, I let apt-get take the strain. I believe there are 
different binaries for the different processor types when it makes a 


tim hall

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