On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 11:34:07PM +1000, Allan McRae wrote:
> On 19/09/16 23:14, Balló György via arch-dev-public wrote:
> > 2016-09-19 7:02 GMT+02:00 Allan McRae <al...@archlinux.org>:
> > 
> >> This goes beyond just adding SSE2 support.
> >>
> >> Years ago, Arch Linux was "optimised for modern processors".  These were
> >> the days when every other distro was using i386 and we had a blazingly
> >> fast i686 port.  Now every other distro uses i686 while we have sat
> >> still.  Even major software developments are starting to require SSE2.
> >> It is time we moved forward.
> >>
> >> How can we achieve this?  I see several options:
> >>
> >> 1) Do "nothing".  Add a hook to the filesystem package that detects
> >> whether a system has SSE2 support and blocks installation of certain
> >> packages.
> >>
> >> 2) Add SSE2 to our optimisations and require "i686 + SSE2"
> >>
> >> 3) Move our minimum CPU to something less than 20 years old  (even i786
> >> would get us SSE2+3 instructions and is 15 years old)
> >>
> >> 4) We add more modern CPU builds  (and set them automatically building
> >> once the base architecture is updated).
> >>
> >>
> >> I am in favour of #3 for our 32-bit support.  And that would be end of
> >> line as far as 32 bit support in this distribution goes.
> >>
> >>
> >> (We may want to consider #4 for our x86_64, but that is another
> >> conversation).
> >>
> >> Allan
> >>
> > 
> > 
> > I would not be happy with #3, because I still have two 13 years old systems
> > with NetBurst-based CPUs without SSE3 support. But of course I don't use
> > them in everyday use.
> > 
> 
> If we limit our choice based on your CPU, then we need to limit based on
> the other CPU mentioned in this thread.
> 
> That should not be a consideration at all. What we need to do is think
> about what make our distribution worthy of being a distribution.
> Original the selling points were rolling release, vanilla packages and
> optimised binaries.  We have lost the latter.  Do we want to get it back?
> 
> Allan

Yes we want it back. I also have systems without SSE4 and if Arch is no
longer usable on those I'll use distributions for 'older' hardware on
those.

But for our day-to-day workhorses I would love optimized binaries.

-- 
Ike

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