Re: Cyrix 6x86MX and Centaur C6 CPUs in 2.1.102

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Andr=E9?= Derrick Balsa (
Fri, 22 May 1998 14:14:38 -0100

Hi Pavel,

Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi, Andre!
> 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
> understand].

Funny, but I think _exactly_ the contrary: if somebody doesn't
understand something, she/he should try to learn about it as much as
possible. And that applies even more to Linux, IMHO.
> 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.

As I wrote before, I apply my patches to my machines, and also make them
available to whoever wants to use them.
Freedom of choice, here.
> We should probably stop this thread as it is about nothing.

My last post, then.
> > 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.

THX. I will. Even if it means getting into an argument with you, Martin
and Linus. (yes, I know this is a heresy). "Et pourtant elle tourne"
(Galileo, except he said it in Italian - or was it Latin?).
> > 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 :-).

:-) I like your sense of humour.

With a reverence,
André Balsa


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