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Offline Will Dojinn

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Is there an existing Kernel that targets Atom processors?
« on: March 21, 2016, 09:45:38 am »
Basically I've got a single core atom based laptop (Specifically Google's CR48) While I will be replacing the wifi card at some point due to the current lack of 5ghz wifi, and probably also bluetooth alongside broadcom card... It's fairly stable hardware wise. It's never going to be that good when compared to multi-core machines but I want to give it the best chance I can at being able to take care of the basics.

I've looked through on 'how to compile the linux kernel' and most of it looks very.... 'I have no idea what I am doing.'

Output for inxi -F because maybe that will help the home audiance?
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[b]System:    Host: [/b]Atlas Kernel: 4.4.0-040400rc7-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Six
[b]Machine:  [/b] System: IEC product: PineTrail version: 0.08
          [b] Mobo:[/b] IEC model: N/A Bios: IEC version: 0.08 date: 10/27/2010
[b]CPU:  [/b]     Single core Intel Atom CPU N455 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1666.00 MHz 2: 1666.00 MHz
[b]Graphics:  Card:[/b] Intel Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
           X.Org: 1.16.0 driver: intel Resolution: 1280x800@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel IGD x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 10.3.2
[b]Audio           Sound:[/b] Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k4.4.0-040400rc7-generic
[b]Network:   Card[/b]: Qualcomm Atheros AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) driver: ath9k
           [b]IF:[/b] wlan0 state: up mac: 48:5d:60:76:a9:78
[b]Drives: [/b]   HDD Total Size: 16.0GB (49.3% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SSD_P4_1 size: 16.0GB
[b]Partition: ID:[/b] / size: 13G used: 7.4G (62%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 2.13GB used: 0.13GB (6%) fs: swap
[b]RAID: [/b]     No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
[b]Sensors:[/b]   System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 174 Uptime: 6:05 Memory: 511.0/2002.4MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17

While sure, I would love it if someone already had a kernel built and ready to just hand to me here you go type this in and it's all good. I realize the much more likely option is 'these are the switches you need to flip. Get building.' Moreover I would like to know why these things need flipping and not those.

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Re: Is there an existing Kernel that targets Atom processors?
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2016, 09:55:50 am »
I could be wrong, but I don't think Linux kernels target one brand or type of processor over another.  I'm 98% sure Linus Torvalds tries to include support for as many as possible.  Since ATOM processors are made by Intel, they should be supported by most kernels.

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Re: Is there an existing Kernel that targets Atom processors?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2016, 10:14:57 am »
...if i remember correctly kernel 2.6 was designed specifically for Atom processors... :-\

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Re: Is there an existing Kernel that targets Atom processors?
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2016, 10:23:57 am »
I could be wrong, but I don't think Linux kernels target one brand or type of processor over another.  I'm 98% sure Linus Torvalds tries to include support for as many as possible.  Since ATOM processors are made by Intel, they should be supported by most kernels.

Runs fine as is. I just figure there might be some kin of optimization that can be done that would make it better for my specific hardware.

As for linux 2.6?

Uh... Isn't there some kind of inherent risk to running a kernel that old?

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Re: Is there an existing Kernel that targets Atom processors?
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2016, 10:37:39 am »
Well you probably couldn't run 2.6 without also downgrading xorg
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Re: Is there an existing Kernel that targets Atom processors?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2016, 01:02:22 am »
...hello Will...i think there is no question if kernel is new  or old but if you can use ( or useful )...Red Hat 6.7 released on 22/07/2015 still uses the 2.6 kernel... :o...if your computer has problems i do not think the kernel to worry...