Alternative option for solving Fedora i686 vs geode problems

Tiago Marques tiagomnm at
Mon Jun 7 18:41:52 EDT 2010

On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:12 PM, Jon Nettleton <jon.nettleton at>wrote:

> > 2) FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee) is dealing with the
> > issue upstream [1][2] in Fedora with the view of getting it fixed
> > upstream for F-14 or at the very least clarified. It was agreed in
> > F-12 that the Geode LX would be supported and that decision wasn't
> > discussed otherwise. Please add to the conversation on the ticket or
> > the list. It might be worth seeing the outcome of this before we go
> > and reinvent the wheel again.
> I think sitting around and waiting to see the outcome of a very
> unclear situation is possibly disastrous.  Why not hash out a few
> ideas while there is still wiggle room in the decision making process?
>  The way I see it we have a few uncertainties right now.
> 1)  Will there be actual support for the Geode processor in F14?  The
> official stance is yes, however after reading that thread there seems
> to be some dissension in the ranks.
> 2)  If it is supported, what is the performance impact of using
> emulated instructions?
> 3)  Will this all get solidified in time-frame that gives OLPC a warm
> fuzzy feeling about basing their next release on F14?
> The way I see it, OLPC and SugarLabs need some automated performance
> testing to verify that using emulated instructions do not slow things
> down an unacceptable amount.  Even for this testing to be done the
> patches and recompilation of at least core packages need to be done.
> We don't need all the bells and whistles but the short-list is kernel,
> glibc, gstreamer, xorg, alsa, python, sugar.  Fedora's dev cycle is 6
> months so if it is going to take longer than 2 months ( of course this
> can be discussed ) it is probably worth the effort to scope out some
> alternative paths forward.
> I am at the point where I already need some GUI testing tools to move
> forward in my graphics card performance development.  I will
> definitely need some help putting together use case scenarios.  Anyone
> else have any time to work on this?

I'd sure love to see better graphics support on the XO 1.5. Not that I have
free time "on a schedulle" but when I do find it, how can I help you?

Best regards,

> -Jon
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