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Re: Changing the default 32-bit x86 arch for Fedora 12



On 06/15/2009 07:53 PM, Bill Nottingham wrote:
Way back when in February [1], FESCo decided that for Fedora 11, i586 would
be the default architecture, and for Fedora 12, it would be some variant of
i686. It's time to follow through on that action item.
...


I'm in favour of keeping i586 or i686 without SSE for x86 systems. As many people pointed out, users with these systems don't expect huge performance improvements; you should go to x86-64 for that.

So in my opinion it's not worth killing the huge PIII/Athlon system base for a small performance gain. I'm not counting the public reaction, marketing-wise, if we do this (yes, this also counts).

I'm against having i586 and i686+SSE2 as as secondary arch for management reasons, they are too close and would probably generate too much work for nothing.

Steven


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