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Install a modern 32bit Kernel

Last update on March 23, 2014.

Install a modern 32bit Kernel

Kwheezy 32bit version is distributed with the Debian Wheezy 486 kernel. This is to maximize the scope of machines it can be installed on.

The 486 kernel is for very old hardware, it does not support SMP (Symmetric  Multi-Processing). Which means it only uses a single core, even if you have two or more. It also doesn't support a lot of more modern processor instructions. So basically, you could be losing quite a bit of speed and power by using it.

In Debian it is easy to install different kernels. The 686-pae kernel supports PAE (Processor Address Extension). PAE ...

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