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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This is an age old argument. Most of us old fogies consider any consumer class computer to be the literal of PC, that is, personal computer. Younger folks who grew up in the "Mac vs PC" era think a PC is a computer that runs Windows.

Then there are the ones who feel that since IBM coined "PC", it should apply only to IBM compatibles (x86) no matter the OS.

We're all right, and we're all wrong. I think that about covers all the bases. ;)

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