Nx586 support (was Re: Nx586 work fine..)

B. James Phillippe (bryan@eternity.aa.net)
Tue, 7 May 1996 15:48:54 -0700 (PDT)

Hello Everyone,

I recently had the opportunity to use an Nx586-based machine with
Linux. It was the non-FPU version (and the PCI didn't work. Any
explanation, or was the board prolly defective?). I was significantly
impressed. The speed was absolutely blinding (compared to my 486/100
w/32MB). And stable, too. I brought the load up to about 100 before
giving up trying to crash it.
Anyhow, I know about the cpuid situation; that it is detected as
a 386. And I know that there is a patch to enable Nx586 detection. My
question is: if the patch exists, why isn't it part of the standard

Second, I am wanting to know if (this is slightly off topic) now
is a *bad* time to buy a NexGen (to run Linux on). Anyway, I'm really
interested in the price/performance combo of a NexGen system to run Linux
on. Thanks for any info.


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