"Our readers know our current processor preference: Socket A.
And the best way to get bang-for-buck out of a Socket A processor
is to choose a Duron chip. In this overview, we describe the
primary features of the Duron along with special considerations for
running Linux on a Duron platform...."
"Does Linux run on the Duron? The short answer is, of course,
yes. Because AMD has fully implemented the x86 instruction set, you
have no cause to worry."
"But, with a little help, you can make sure that Linux runs
optimally on your Duron. This primarily consists of choosing the
right configuration option when you compile your kernel. Never
compiled a kernel? Take the "yes" answer from above and ignore the
"If compiling a 2.2 kernel for the Duron, your safest bet is to
choose "Pentium/K6/TSC" for your processor type. When compiling
2.4, you'll find a selection titled "Athlon/Duron/K7". This will
enable a flag that tells the compiler to use all of the K7-core
optimizations (including 3DNow) that are supported by the
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