I have old system with an AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz processor and [SiS] 65x/M650/740 graphics (output from lspci).
Recently I discovered on a german ubuntu page that since version 10.10 some older processors are not longer supported, since ubuntu version 12.04 there are further restrictions.
I guess this is completely related to the used kernel version. This leads me to the following questions:
- How can I find out which kernel versions support the processor and graphics card mentioned above? Which versions provide optimal support (concerning performance and stability)?
- When updating a system (for example between two ubuntu versions or more interesting, when running a rolling release like debian testing or archlinux), there seems to be the danger of loosing (optimal) hardware support when the kernel version is updated. Do I have to check the hardware support manually before each update or is it checked automatically in the three distros mentioned above (ubuntu, debian testing, archlinux)?