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]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by lucas_maximus on Thu 13th Dec 2012 00:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by lucas_maximus"
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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OSbunny Member since:
2009-05-23

Oh come on! No one is using a 3.7 kernel on anything important.

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RE[4]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by gagol on Thu 13th Dec 2012 00:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by lucas_maximus"
gagol Member since:
2012-05-16

You realise linux 2.4 has been supported and updated until last year, right?

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Well, you claimed that there were a lot of developers using these chips. Which is silly, since Those CPUs had not been produced for over 5 years. And for the most part intel was not really making new 386/486s as much as they were clearing out inventory, that they had to keep due sourcing clauses from contracts with military/gov clients.

No one in their right mind would run a modern 3.x Linux kernel on a 386 part anyway.

PS. I did not downvote you btw.

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dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

No, you get downvoted for saying that removing support for 80386 in a kernel tree that will never be run on 80386 is "being an arsehole".

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Linux has dropped support for something it has had for over twenty years..... Given your posting history I find that somewhat amusing.

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