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    SubjectRe: FEATURE REQUEST: Specific Processor Optimizations on x86 Architecture
    Joseph D. Wagner <> wrote:
    > So what? Some other kernel developer -- like a module/driver developer, a
    > real-time systems developer, a simulations developer, or just some guy
    > messing around (read: student) -- might really want or even need those
    > specific optimizations.

    And they can.

    > Isn't this whole free-as-in-freedom software thing about giving developers
    > and end-users options they wouldn't otherwise have under closed source
    > alternatives? In that spirit, shouldn't developers have the option of
    > optimizing for those specific processors?

    They do have that option. If they itch, they'll scratch it.

    Charles Cazabon <>
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