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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I don't know about way back in the Windows 3.1 days, but I do know that Microsoft only allowed changing ownership of their Windows XP licenses one time. Either way, every bit of Win3x is creaky, old, and just plain outdated... going back that far would be insane even if the license did allow it. At that point you might as well go for plain old DOS, and FreeDOS would be a better choice than probably any version of MS-DOS in most cases. Or, hell, probably any past proprietary commercial variant of DOS for that matter.

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