Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Nov 2009 00:59 UTC
Mac OS X Despite reports to the contrary, current Mac OS X 10.6.2 Snow Leopard builds do not support the Intel Atom processor. The report that support had returned is a fake, and the most recent build 10C540 still does not support the Atom processor. C'est tout.
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RE[2]: Won't stop anyone for long
by Matty on Mon 9th Nov 2009 11:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Won't stop anyone for long"
Matty
Member since:
2009-11-03

since when is atom an architecture? it's still i386/x86 or is it?

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

since when is atom an architecture? it's still i386/x86 or is it?


What is special about the kernel that does not apply to the rest of the software stack?

When Atom chips first came out, most Linux distributions would not run on them. There were special projects which took normal Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu) and re-compiled everything with a special compiler flag.

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Matty Member since:
2009-11-03

So you are saying apple is compiling everything with a special atom compiler flag for the last 2 years?

Homor Simpson mode""uuuh what does this flag do..."


guess they don't use GCC to compile ;)

Edited 2009-11-09 13:09 UTC

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3rdalbum Member since:
2008-05-26

"since when is atom an architecture? it's still i386/x86 or is it?


What is special about the kernel that does not apply to the rest of the software stack?
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The kernel presents an abstracted view of the hardware to userspace. If the whole software stack needed to be recompiled for a micro-architecture like Atom, then how come all your existing programs on Windows and Linux work on an Atom machine? You can't tell me that the developer of Elastomania had ten years advance warning that Atom was going to be released?

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

What are you talking about? I can't speak for Ubuntu, but I ran Slackware and Arch on some of the first Atom machines and there wasn't any recompiling needed except some driver modules to support some of the netbook hardware. Also, if you didn't notice, vanilla Windows XP/Vista/7 all run as well and you can't tell me they've just happened to be using a special compiler flag all this time. Methinks maybe you are confusing Atom with some other chip?

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

"since when is atom an architecture? it's still i386/x86 or is it?


What is special about the kernel that does not apply to the rest of the software stack?

When Atom chips first came out, most Linux distributions would not run on them. There were special projects which took normal Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu) and re-compiled everything with a special compiler flag.
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Most Linux distributions ran just fine on the original Atom netbooks. They are x86-compatible CPUs after all. However, there were no drivers for the chipsets that came with the CPUs. Thus, you couldn't use them to their fullest (no wireless, no graphics accel, etc). But the CPUs themselves were compatible.

I've had Debian Etch, and Kubuntu 8.04/8.10/9.04 running on Asus netbooks using Atom CPUs. The install ran just fine. What I could do after the install depended on the OS version, as some had drivers while others didn'.

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