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: Yes you CAN run your old 386
by lucas_maximus on Thu 13th Dec 2012 00:31 UTC in reply to "Yes you CAN run your old 386"
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Yes you can. You can still buy a license of Window 3.1 if you wish to, just not from Microsoft ... it will be a second hand one.

Edited 2012-12-13 00:32 UTC

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UltraZelda64 Member since:

I don't know about way back in the Windows 3.1 days, but I do know that Microsoft only allowed changing ownership of their Windows XP licenses one time. Either way, every bit of Win3x is creaky, old, and just plain outdated... going back that far would be insane even if the license did allow it. At that point you might as well go for plain old DOS, and FreeDOS would be a better choice than probably any version of MS-DOS in most cases. Or, hell, probably any past proprietary commercial variant of DOS for that matter.

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Soulbender Member since:

Microsoft only allowed changing ownership of their Windows XP licenses one time.

Well, if you're running a 386 you're probably not going to use XP anyway. You'll be looking at Windows 3.x/95/98 and even if you can't get license just torrent it. It's not likely anyone gives a shit if you torrent Windows 3 or 95.

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Lennie Member since:

Don't call Win 3.1 old and creaky, even the first version of Windows Vista still had some Win 3.1 bits. ;-)

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tylerdurden Member since:

That transaction may be rather "iffy" from a legal stand point, however.

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oskeladden Member since:

Not in the EU. Over here, a software 'license' is, as a matter of law, deemed to be a sale. Anyone who buys software has a complete and unrestricted right of resale, and any provision to the contrary in a license agreement has no legal effect. See Article 4(2) of the Computer Program Directive, and the ECJ's decision in Usedsoft v Oracle. So you're perfectly within your rights to purchase a used Windows 3.11 license on eBay (or anywhere else).

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