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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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Thu 13th Dec 2012 16:50 UTC
ilovebeer
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Not being able to run current kernels on ancient 386's is not going to cause civilization to crumble. Nobody in their right mind would want to anyway. Beyond that all the kernels that do work with 386's aren't going to stop doing so and aren't going to disappear from existence. Anyone with a 386 that wants to run linux will surely still be able to.

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