From: John Byrne <john.byrne@hp...> - 2004-01-30 22:44:13
For reasons of space and compile time we only build one kernel for the
release. A long time ago this was chosen to be the i586-smp kernel with
the configuration based upon the RedHat i586-smp kernel. One feature
that this kernel does not have built in is support for more than 980MB
of memory and this is proving to be a serious limitation. So, we have
decided to change the default kernel we build for release to the
i686-smp kernel which supports 4GB of memory. I honestly don't know what
the compatibility issues are of the kernel with an actual Pentium, but I
have run 686 kernels with PPros, P2s, P3s, and P4s without trouble.
The kernel src rpm will contain the i586 config file and will be usable
for anyone who need to build the i586 rpm.