[svlug] [Volunteers] Question for the next Linux Conference on Oct, 15th.
james at linuxrebel.org
Wed Sep 21 17:33:57 PDT 2005
On Wed, 2005-09-21 at 14:04 -0500, Chris Verges wrote:
> Joseph Liou wrote:
> > I am a college student who is trying to install Linux on my system to
> > instead of Win32.
> Hey Joseph,
> The webmaster alias is probably the wrong one to use for this question.
> You should look into the svlug at svlug.org mailing list, which is used for
> more general purpose discussions.
> However, in answer to your question as to whether or not the VIA
> processors are supported under Linux, I believe they are x86 compatible,
> so you should have no problems running standard x86 distributions on
> your laptop. I would suggest looking into either Knoppix or Fedora Core
> 4, however, as a test. If either of those work, then you should be good
> to go.
> Chris Verges
The only problem I've ever seen/heard of was about 3 years ago. Early
on the Via CPU's where getting detected as i686 when what they really
are is i586 with a lot of i486 instructions. (go figure) So the i686
compile kernel would throw them into a kernel panic upon first boot from
HDD. However if you distro is less than a year old. .... it should
work without a hitch.
James (who risks the wrath of God since his wife has a Via CPU desktop)
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