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Inaccuracy of smolt i586 count - was 586 kernels.

On 6/21/07, Alan Cox <alan redhat com> wrote:
On Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 05:42:24PM -0700, Pete Zaitcev wrote:
I'm thinking about getting a new box anyway (it's an old
not-quite-C3 with some odd Biblean-sounding codename, chugging
along at 800MHz).  With less than 40 users, it's just not worth
it. I'm surprised though, I thought VIA was more popular than

It is a good deal more popular than that (although the 686
compatible but not gcc 686 compatible ones are the older ones

Unless Dave can publish data sets and a methodology for his count
(and given even the big marketing companies can't do it I want to
see this) we should assume he made up a number to justify killing it
cos he finds it a hassle to maintain.

Having watched from the sidelines I updated my VIA mini-ITX system
yesterday. Its an original 800 MHz model.

Fedora installs for an i586 on it - 586 kernel etc. However, at least
post F7 upgrade (meaning I didn't check beforehand) uname -m and arch
report i686. Smolt also sees this as an i686 - in fact the complete
profile is at

http://smolt.fedoraproject.org/show?UUID=99ad2cb0-5524-4d7e- b145-1c502ba58e62

For those that prefer raw data the /proc/cpuinfo is:-
    processor       : 0
    vendor_id       : CentaurHauls
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 7
    model name      : VIA Samuel 2
    stepping        : 3
    cpu MHz         : 800.065
    cache size      : 64 KB
    fdiv_bug        : no
    hlt_bug         : no
    f00f_bug        : no
    coma_bug        : no
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 1
    wp              : yes
    flags           : fpu de tsc msr cx8 mtrr pge mmx 3dnow up
    bogomips        : 1601.17
    clflush size    : 32

However it will not boot a current i686 kernel - resets immediately.

There are 264 (0.4%) CentaurHauls CPUs in Smolt right now (and obviously
upgraders like me would not appear there unless we make the effort). Its
not much of a proportion, but there are more users than the i586 figures


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