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: Comment by lucas_maximus
by gagol on Thu 13th Dec 2012 00:20 UTC in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
gagol
Member since:
2012-05-16

Sure, new embedded projects will use cpu that has not been manufactured for 5 years, let alone requiring the latest kernel. It is not like older versions of the kernel will vanish overnight.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

There are plenty of existing devices that might use it. I have no idea on the embedded support. Pretending it doesn't exist is being an arsehole. They were obviously wanted from 1985 to 2007, so I think there are a fair few in existence.

I can understand why Linus wanted to get rid of it. I been coding on a new web project that is only modern web browsers and it has been like taking the shackles away.

EDIT: http://www.reghardware.com/2006/05/18/intel_cans_386_486_960_cpus/

They were still being actively used for ages.

Edited 2012-12-13 00:34 UTC

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