Linux and the Athlon

i'm running Mandrake 6.1 and I was wondering if there was any special provisions one should make for running this Linux with the Athlon.   E.g would one have to recompile the kernel in any way to get max. benefit when using this CPU.   I'm also concerned about using the AMD 750 Irongate chipset with Linux - should i be?
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Mandrake 6.1 is RedHat 6 plus some enhancements, as I understand it.  Mandrake is enhanced for Pentium class systems, but I believe that the AMD falls into that class (as opposed to 486 class).  There are only a few main boards which are stated by RedHat to be incompatible and yours is not on the list.  So, as I see it, your processor and main board should function properly with an off the shelf kernel compilation.  You should not have to do any extra work.

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I don't think he's worried about compatibility so much as optimal use.
I dont know how it is with mandrake, but redhad 6.1 will work on an athlon CPU, for best performance it is better to use a new (experimental) kernel.
I use one of the experimental kernels (i'm not sure about the number, but i believe 2.3.39). But on my syustem, this kernel is working very stable (athlon 600, 128Mb, 20Gb UDMA66).
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cliffhanger121599Author Commented:
To Barry d

Where did you get the 2.2.39 kernel?
sorry, i have checked the kernel number and it is an older one, but is is at least a 2.2.3X kernel, and working perfect
cliffhanger121599Author Commented:
Many thanks Barry

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