On Wednesday 28 June 2006 13:08, Jean-Lin Pacherie wrote:
Is it politycaly correct to ask here if the new "Core 2 Duo" processors will be suported by SuSE 64bit ?
I planed to build a server with AMD 64 x2 processor and / or Opteron 275 but the announces of the "Core 2 Duo" chnaged my mind. In any cases, I will keep SuSE on this new workstation but I need the best processor power.
Any clue ?
x86 CPUs are pretty good at compatibility so there is very rarely trouble with new CPUs with Linux at least in basic operation. All the x86 CPU vendors have Linux in their regression tests so if there was a problem they will fix it in the hardware long before the CPUs are released.
Some advanced hardware specific functions like performance counter profiling support or machine check decoding might need special support, but the machine is perfectly usable even without that.
If anything you might have trouble with whatever new motherboard you're using with it.
But Core 2 plugs into already shipping board, so if you chose a board that already works under Linux you should be on the safe side.
That said nearly all (even not yet shipping) boards work, although you could sometimes get a different impression from this list. That's mostly because people who don't have any problems rarely post here.