Re: Cyrix 6x86MX and Centaur C6 CPUs in 2.1.102

Pavel Machek (
Fri, 22 May 1998 13:14:42 +0200

Hi, Andre!

> I am beginning to think this discussion is similar to the Boot Logo
> thread.


> So personally, I don't care what goes into /proc/cpuinfo, I don't care
> if I get Bogomips ratings instead of MHz, I don't care if I get an
> entire list of Intel-only bugs, and I don't even care if I get wrong CPU
> stepping information on non-Intel CPUs.

Ok, so please leave /proc/cpuinfo alone :-). If user is smart enough
to find /proc/cpuinfo and run cat over it, he should be also smart
enough to ignore everything he/she does not understand. [I think this
is thing users should learn with linux: ignore things that they don't

I like cpuinfo the way it is. You don't. I understand that you think
someone could get confused. I just thing that disadvantages of your
change are bigger than its advantages.

We should probably stop this thread as it is about nothing.

> However, I always feel a resistance to change. An example: 7 or 8 months
> ago, I posted both my observation of a kernel oops and a patch that
> worked around it. Until now, it had not made it to the kernel. And only
> because I insisted until I got half-flamed by Linus, people took
> notice.

Linus notorically drops patches, he drops patches from everyone. Thats
normal. Keep good work.

> Same goes for all the bug related lines, some of which are so old that
> they only apply to 386 CPUs (and people who are still using 386s don't
> parse /proc/cpuinfo, believe me).

As long as linux supports 386, that support should be full. And
warning: people with the *least* technical knowledge run linux on
386's. Becuase they can not run windows :-)

> I believe in making Linux simpler to use and more user-friendly. I also
> think that assuming blindly that every x86 CPU is made by Intel, and
> that whatever differs from Intel must automatically be called a "bug",
> without even looking into it, is a shortsighted and biased attitude.

I never called Cyrix bug bug :-).


The best software in life is free (not shareware)!		Pavel
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