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Date:      Wed, 12 Sep 2001 22:32:26 -0700
From:      Kris Kennaway <>
To:        Dan Nelson <>
Cc:        David Loszewski <>, freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: is there an i686 version?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <>; from on Wed, Sep 12, 2001 at 11:37:21PM -0500
References:  <000001c13c0c$71e98cd0$3000a8c0@sickness> <>

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On Wed, Sep 12, 2001 at 11:37:21PM -0500, Dan Nelson wrote:
> In the last episode (Sep 13), David Loszewski said:
> > I just noticed at my login prompt it says, 'FreeBSD/i386', this is
> > version 4.3 from the iso, is there a FreeBSD/i686 that anyone is
> > aware of since I would assume that this would speed things up.
> i386 refers to the architecture, not the specific processor type.  Your
> two choices at the moment are FreeBSD/i386 and FreeBSD/alpha.  The
> GENERIC kernel has optimizations builtin for 486, 586, and 686 already.

But a few things will be faster (probably not noticeably so) if you
recompile your kernel without the lower-valued CPU values, because
otherwise it will use the lowest common denominator for some of the
kernel asm routines.

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