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Discussion: What processor type (family) to select for Intel Atom in Linux kernel config

So I am excited to start a new type of post, “Discussion” besides the regular INFO, HOWTO, TIP, etc. The purpose of such type of post is to generate a discussion regarding certain issues for which there is a no clear answers in the Linux community. In my past 4 years of Linux usage, I […]

HOWTO: Compiling Intel Atom Poulsbo GMA 500 graphics driver on Debian

Purpose: Finally here is a step-by-step guide to get the Intel Poulsbo (PSB) GMA 500 graphics driver working under Debian testing/unstable. Over the last 3 months or so since I wrote an introductory post regarding this whole issue, I have got several emails and comments with a request to put up such a guide. Sorry […]

HOWTO: Using CPU MSR tools (RDMSR,WRMSR) in Debian Linux

Purpose: This is a lot different post than some of the post on this blog. This is a very specific post that perhaps very few people might be using this in their daily work. But nevertheless I thought it would be at least useful for those “few” people. Do not underestimate this task just because […]

INFO: Installing Moblin Images on your Intel Atom processor netbooks and nettops

Intel’s low-power chip, ATOM, has really caught a lot of attention in almost all kinds of market and has become really popular. There are several vendors who are shipping netbooks, nettops, etc based on Intel Atom processor. Some of you must have heard about Moblin – Intel answer to create a mobile Operating System based […]

HOWTO: Running 32-bit X Windows application on 64-bit system using bind mount in Linux

Purpose: We have already seen how to create a debootstrap system and we also learned how to compile a 32-bit application (like Linux kernel) from within the debootstrap system in Debian Linux. However, what we have learnt so far does not allow us to run graphics (X Window) applications from within the debootstrap system i.e. […]

HOWTO: Cross-compiling a 32-bit (i386) Linux kernel on 64-bit Machine (amd64)

Purpose: These days 64-bit hardware and Operating System are getting more and more common and affordable. Now if you are use to compile a custom Linux kernel on a regular Intel architecture 32-bit machine (i386) for a 32-bit machine itself then there were no issues. But now when you are trying to compile a custom […]

TIP: Compile your programs fasters with multiple processor machines

If you have a dual core or a multiple processor machine then you can compile your programs much faster than on a single processor machine. I will show how you can compile your a Linux kernel on your Debian machine twice as fast by setting the concurrency level. For example, in one of my previous […]

TIP: How to tell whether your system is 32-bit or 64-bit in Linux?

Purpose: Suppose you are given a system with no labels, stickers, product information. All you know that it is a Pentium class computer and you would like to know whether the given CPU/system  (and not OS) is 32-bit or 64-bit capable? There are many different ways to find out without looking into BIOS and without […]

  
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