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devil-linux hardware choice for opteron

Posted on 2005-04-08
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I wish to install devil-linux on an opteron based computer (though not SMP), should I choose the 486, 586-SMP, or 686-SMP iso?
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> opteron based computer
Should be x86_64 for 64bit OS.
686-SMP is still 32bit OS. SMP (Symetric Multiple Processor) for dual CPUs or CPU with Hyperthreading.
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this is googd question:
accoding this :
The Opteron is a new device family based on a new 64-bit architecture that is compatible with the pre-existing x86 32-bit architecture. AMD's choice to preserve compatibility has positive implications for transmigrating 32-bit workloads.

my gues is 686-SMP

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this is only for dual CPU.
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are you sure that devil-linux supports opteron AMD64. Wesly is right it should be: x86_64
Devil-linux Requirements

Intel 486 compatible or higher

Opteron is AMD64 architecture
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I've installed I686 or I686SMP (Redhat Enterprise Linux 3.0) on Opteron system without problem.
I think devil-linux I686SMP should be ok to install on Opteron machine.
However, don't take my words as the answer since I didn't try devil-linux before.
I would recommend you pick any Intel P3 or P4 machine for Devil-linux for sure.
Also, run 32bit OS on 64bit CPU is kind of waste.
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Duncan Roe earned 2000 total points
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I have Opteron and it runs 32-bit just fine. I installed Slackware which is 486. You can always upgrade to 64-bit later - shared libraries go in lib64 so you can have a hybrid system (as I do on one of my partitions). There are still more binary-only packages for 32 bit systems (e.g.mozilla plugins). If I build packages from source under the 32-bit system then their configure recognises an i686. So  i686-SMP iso should be fine. SMP just means the kernel has the capability to detect and use multiple CPU's - if there is only one CPU it will still work OK.

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