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Re: What processor features does Guix support on i686?

From: Joshua Branson
Subject: Re: What processor features does Guix support on i686?
Date: Sun, 02 May 2021 12:56:45 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.1 (gnu/linux)

This email list was posted on guix-devel, I'm asking this question on
help-guix, because it's a help guix question and not a guix devel

Mark H Weaver <> writes:

> Hi Leo,
> Thanks for asking about this, and for ably taking care of our
> Linux-libre packages.  I'm grateful for your work on this.
> Leo Famulari <> writes:
>> I noticed that Linux 5.12 has a new config option regarding "Processor
>> family". The default choice, Pentium-Pro (M686), is highlighted in this
>> quote:
>> ------
>> Processor family
>>   1. 486SX (M486SX) (NEW)
>>   2. 486DX (M486) (NEW)
>>   3. 586/K5/5x86/6x86/6x86MX (M586) (NEW)
>>   4. Pentium-Classic (M586TSC) (NEW)
>>   5. Pentium-MMX (M586MMX) (NEW)
>>> 6. Pentium-Pro (M686) (NEW)
>>   7. Pentium-II/Celeron(pre-Coppermine) (MPENTIUMII) (NEW)
>>   8. Pentium-III/Celeron(Coppermine)/Pentium-III Xeon (MPENTIUMIII) (NEW)
>>   9. Pentium M (MPENTIUMM) (NEW)
>>   10. Pentium-4/Celeron(P4-based)/Pentium-4 M/older Xeon (MPENTIUM4) (NEW)
>>   11. K6/K6-II/K6-III (MK6) (NEW)
>>   12. Athlon/Duron/K7 (MK7) (NEW)
>>   13. Opteron/Athlon64/Hammer/K8 (MK8)
>>   14. Crusoe (MCRUSOE) (NEW)
>>   15. Efficeon (MEFFICEON) (NEW)
>>   16. Winchip-C6 (MWINCHIPC6) (NEW)
>>   17. Winchip-2/Winchip-2A/Winchip-3 (MWINCHIP3D) (NEW)
>>   18. AMD Elan (MELAN) (NEW)
>>   19. GeodeGX1 (MGEODEGX1) (NEW)
>>   20. Geode GX/LX (MGEODE_LX) (NEW)
>>   21. CyrixIII/VIA-C3 (MCYRIXIII) (NEW)
>>   22. VIA C3-2 (Nehemiah) (MVIAC3_2) (NEW)
>>   23. VIA C7 (MVIAC7) (NEW)
>>   24. Core 2/newer Xeon (MCORE2)
>>   25. Intel Atom (MATOM)
>> ------

I'm kind of curious, if I were to compile my own linux kernel, and I
could someone select a newer processor family, would that make my kernel
a little more faster?  Or would it just make my kernel image a little
smaller?  Also my laptop is a Lenovo T400.    So it doesn't exactly have
NEW features.  :)

>> info:
>> I know that, in the past, we have been careful to not require certain
>> processor features on i686, such as SSE [0].
>> I would appreciate some guidance, both about this kernel configuration
>> option, and what we have historically considered to be the "minimum
>> requirements" for i686 hardware. I will put that information the manual
>> so that it doesn't get lost.
> [...]
>> [0]
> It's been a long while since I looked at this, and of course we may wish
> to revisit the issue, but for now, I think that the right choice above
> is the default one, namely: "6. Pentium-Pro (M686) (NEW)"
>    Thanks again,
>        Mark

Joshua Branson (joshuaBPMan in #guix)
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