Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 21:47 UTC
Linux "This tree removes ancient-386-CPUs support and thus zaps quite a bit of complexity [...] which complexity has plagued us with extra work whenever we wanted to change SMP primitives, for years. Unfortunately there's a nostalgic cost: your old original 386 DX33 system from early 1991 won't be able to boot modern Linux kernels anymore. Sniff. I'm not sentimental. Good riddance." Almost 21 years of support for a professor. Not bad.
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Have you ever tried running a 2.6.x or 3.x kernel on a 386 or 486? It's miserable. They use about twice the RAM of a 2.4.x kernel, and the 2.4.x tree didn't get its last update until last year. This makes me a little sad from a nostalgic point of view, but if Linus isn't upset his original Linux machine won't work with a current kernel, I guess nobody else has the right to complain.

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