I thought I’d take a quick look under the hood and see if the latest release has a newer kernel.
While the kernel version itself has not changed, it has been recompiled.
There are no optimizations formally noted on the release page, but we can always hope some technical changes and improvements have been made to optimize the kernel for the Via C7 chipset.
The kernel now reports:
pcor@localhost / $ uname -a
Linux localhost 2.6.17-ck1 #1 PREEMPT Fri Aug 24 23:42:16 EDT 2007 i686 VIA Esther processor 1200MHz CentaurHauls GNU/Linux
The lights are on, is anybody home?
Unfortunately, it does not look like some of the advanced features of the chipset are enabled.
Enabling these would make conversations with secure SSL websites faster as well as accelerating secure SCP file transfers. Both things that happen to be important to me and many early Zonbu adopters.
From a recent comment on the blog about the capability:
If they built it, enable it
If the capability is available in the chipset, it would be good if it was enabled. According to mykhal the feature could double the speed of encrypted SCP transfers.
I was under the impression that the Zonbu kernel was Via C7 optimized but this calls that theory in to question. This is a shame, I think there is the opportunity for Zonbu to stake a claim in the space.
Can someone from Zonbu comment on what kernel optimizations and profiling has been done for the C7?