lkml.org 
[lkml]   [1996]   [Jun]   [23]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
SubjectRe: Cyrix anyone?
Date
From
> > So it is impossible to make a Pentium(Pro) clone, but you _can_
> > make a faster "mostly compatible" processor Like Cyrix has done.
>
> If the additional Pentium features are only available under NDA, then
> I'm guessing that Linux does not take use them. So for Linux an Intel
> chip has no advantage over a clone, correct?

Linux uses some Pentium features which are public, but which the Cyrix does
not support. A Pentium compiled kernel will not run correctly on a
a Cyrix processor. Luckily there are some Cyrix users who've been working
on a Cyrix patch for the kernel, which ought to help the Cyrix processor
run circles around an equivalently clocked Pentium.

Flame retardant: Cyrix has put out a wonderful processor that does it's
designed job (run Windows faster than a Pentium) exceedingly well. It just
isn't 100% Pentium compatible, which _does_ matter to Linux because it
uses every trick in the book (and some that may not be).

--
Andrew E. Mileski
mailto:aem@ott.hookup.net My home page http://www.redhat.com/~aem/
Linux Plug-and-Play Project Leader. See URL http://www.redhat.com/pnp/

Red Hat Software sponsors these pages - I have no other affilitation
with Red Hat Software, and I have never used any of their products.


\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 13:37    [W:0.144 / U:0.044 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site