Linked by Adam S on Fri 26th May 2006 17:22 UTC, submitted by tonestone57
Linux Remember Yoper? Yoper is working towards version 3.0 of their Linux distro. For those of you that want to help with the beta testing, a download is now available. Yoper is optimized for i686 processors and speed. You can also find a short review of Yoper 3.0 beta over at Tuxmachines.
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The 64-bit version of Ubuntu is for 64-Bit plus. It has no linear relationship with i686. I believe the only variety there consists of some incompatibilities introduced by Intel's EM64T hackjob and whether or not SSE3 is supported, so consider it pretty much optimized for any chip that's compatible with it.

686 is basically Pentium II or newer. When Yoper started out, that was a good place to be (especially when everyone else was compiling for compatibility all the way back to Linux's origin, the 386.) It meant good performance on all contemporary 32-bit chips, but things forked a little with Athlon XP and Netburst. If you were that obsessed with optimization, you'd compile your own (Gentoo, for example.) Anything else, the CPU was just too fast to let optimizations stand out much.

I thought Yoper was great when it was new, aside from the package manager bug brought up in a previous comment, but it's a little behind the times at this point. Now the challenge to be solved is making 64-bit operating systems compatible and useful without needing to resort to making an entire chroot. Gentoo has done that with G5s (they have a profile for 64-bit kernel with 32-bit userspace), but I think x86_64 needs that a lot more, and it's shocking to me that the precompiled distros don't have this thoroughly solved since it would just mean putting the same, old 32-bit packages in different directories.

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thanks for the info! Yea I'm surprised at the numerous programs that don't work with the x64 version as well. It's more than the plugins and win32's, programs such as tuxracer, and some obscure programs I use won't even compile from source on it. That aside, I haven't noticed any app speed difference between the 32 and 64 bit versions except for cd ripping where the 64 bit power is kicking in as it rips and encodes in twice the speed.

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