[CentOS] 486 custom kernel

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Tue Dec 8 22:50:54 UTC 2009


At Tue, 8 Dec 2009 16:28:22 -0600 (CST) CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> 
> ----- "Marko Vojinovic" <vvmarko at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Tuesday 08 December 2009 19:54:03 Jerry Geis wrote:
> > > > It may be one way to do it, but that is not how xen or kvm are
> > > > ordinarily set up under CentOS -- qemu has (had) the hooks to
> > > > simulate the missing opcodes of some arch's, but at a
> > > > performance penalty
> > > 
> > > if there is a way to "simulate" missing opcodes in the kernel - that
> > would
> > > be great also. I dont care if there is a performace hit.
> > > 
> > > I am looking for a way to run the 686 centos on a 486 machine.
> > > I was hoping I could just recompile the kernel as 486 and any
> > libraries
> > > would not be using MMX/SSE etc...
> > 
> > I am no expert on this, but have a feeling that you would basically
> > need to 
> > recompile every package that does not have an .i386 rpm.
> > 
> > And if you are about to recompile things, why not use gentoo or
> > something like 
> > that?
> 
> Gentoo? What do you have against the OP? Why subject him to such madness and unnecessary pain? :D
> 
> In my recent trip through i486 land, I found that Debian seems to be the best bet for nearly all packages being natively available in i386. Also, the installation can be pruned down to a very slim ~140MB if you're careful.

The OP already stated that he wanted to avoid Debian.  I think he wants
to stick with a RPM-based distro.  Unless he needs a 2.6 kernel and the
latest security patches, RH 7.3 would be a good RPM-based distro.  And
yes, it is still out there and available for downloading.

> 
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