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GENERIC - Raising the bar

From: Bill Hacker <wbh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 03:57:34 +0800

*BSD's have long shipped with a GENERIC kernel conf that will work on 386 and any newer x86.

Manual editing has been required to optimize for 486/586, K6, and various flavors of Pentium onward.

Over time, even embedded systems have moved to at least 486/586 levels.

Further, embedded is not only a small market for a *BSD, it is more likely to be QNX,
eCos, or other micro- RTOS turf - not even all that much Linux ground.

DragonFlyBSD is a modern project.

Might it not be advantageous to optimize the GENERIC build for no less than 'Pentium-class'?

Removing the ability to option back down-scale is not likely to have significant
impact, but could make certain tasks that can take advantage of chipset features easier to do well.


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