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#1 2018-10-15 12:10:36

sagsaw
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Older Hardware support

I am new to Bunsen labs and want to know if it supports older hardware/processors like VIA C7-D 1.6GHz VIA Nano X2 L4050 1.4GHz VIA Nano L2007 1.6GHz  and the like especially in the 32-bit version.

That is if the kernel has support for the same and also for the VIA Chrome 9 graphics and the VX900 chipset.

Or even more specifically is it very similar to the DISTRIBUTION LXLE ... which ensures that older drivers are in the KERNEL as well as the KERNEL has older processor support.

Thanks.

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#2 2018-10-15 12:27:35

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Re: Older Hardware support

Nano X2 L4050 and L2007 seem to basically have support for the full x86-64 instruction set plus some VIA extensions. As such, BunsenLabs 64bit should run. x86-64 defines compatibility modes that allow 32bit OS and applications to run unmodified. Usually, this means that the CPU supports at least i686 and should run Bunsenlabs 32bit (any edition) too. I couldn't find documentation on what the VIA CPUs support quickly enough to care about researching this more. VIA documentation sucks.

As for GPU drivers, the chrome9 driver seems to be provided by the xserver-xorg-video-openchrome package in Debian. Whether it works well enough or not, you'll find out. Development of the driver seems to have ceased around 2013 so I don't know if this thing will make hardware-accelerated OpenGL work, but it should give you acceptable 2D performance anyway.

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#3 2018-10-17 05:41:42

sagsaw
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Re: Older Hardware support

Will compiling the driver from source code by via work .. but its for an older version of Ubuntu Linux available as source.

The question was asked because linux kernel dropped support for many old processors.

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