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Signal Ground: AMD Duron Reviewed

Jan 10, 2001, 01:12 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Moran, Ken Treis)

[ Thanks to Ken Treis for this link. ]

"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 next paragraph."

"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 compiler."

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