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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It's the right move
by ingraham on Wed 12th Dec 2012 23:57 UTC
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I absolutely think this is the right move. While support for old machines is definitely an advantage for Linux, is anybody actually trying to boot a modern distro like Ubuntu or Fedora on a 386? No! Anybody who needs a machine that old for some reason does not also need the most modern software. I wouldn't mind if they dropped 486 support. We're coming up on 20 years since the introduction of the Pentium. Naturally, there will be a very vocal minority that feels removing 486 support signifies the start of the apocalypse, but I think the actual re-world impact of such a move would be negligible.

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