The Register: Linux lacks P4 support; Turbolinux P4 how-toDec 12, 2000, 18:40 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)
"Most current Linux distributions don't run on the Pentium 4, but it's nobody's fault, and nobody much cares. Intel itself confirms that only Red Hat and TurboLinux will install on the P4, but rather than this being a case of rival distributions being starved of vital technical information by Chipzilla, it seems the other outfits got the info, but didn't reckon the P4 was worth catering for from a commercial perspective, right now."
"Distributions apart from Red Hat and TurboLinux lose it during the install process, effectively because they've never heard of the P4. The basic difference seems to be that Red Hat 7.0 and TurboLinux 6.1 have information about the P4 in their CPUID database, whereas other distributions have not, as yet. Linux vendors seem to have been given the option of using CPUID code supplied by Intel, or going with P4 support when Linux 2.4 rolls out, and the rest of them seem to have taken the latter route."
"According to Intel, if you want to run TurboLinux on a P4 system you should use the following procedure..."