[mythtv-users] What flavor of Linux are you using?

belcampo belcampo at zonnet.nl
Sun Nov 22 18:04:52 UTC 2009

John Drescher wrote:
>> I think the tone has remained friendly.
> I agree.
>> When I asked if it was worth it I was curious if a compiled Linux is
>> faster than a precompiled one on the same hardware.
> I would say that is not one of the reasons I use gentoo. I mean sure
> you compile the os and all applications with the full instruction set
> for your current processor instead of a 386 or 586 but even now if you
> are using a 64 bit distro the software should be compiled with at
> least SSE3 support so this is improving with binary distros as well.
> Theoretically the extra instruction sets provide extra performance in
> operations (video and audio processing) that mythtv does all the time.
The other day I read some discussion of x264 developers about optimizing 
code, where it often turned out that when optimizing for size instead of 
speed, the result was that 'the smaller code' was faster because of less 
> John
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