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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RE[2]: It's the right move
by zima on Wed 19th Dec 2012 14:18 UTC in reply to "RE: It's the right move"
zima
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Yeah, that would be too soon - only 2 or 3 years ago Intel was still selling 32bit CPUs (netbook Atoms); not sure if all mobile Atoms (in phones running Android) are 64 bit...

Then there's also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X32_ABI & https://sites.google.com/site/x32abi/ project, apparently from Intel (for mobile phone Atoms?), which I guess depends somewhat on the continuing existence of 32bit x86 support in Linux.

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