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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Member since:

I love OSNEWS, get downvoted for stating the following:

* That these old CPUs were used in embedded devices.
* That there are a lot still in existence that may still need support.


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OSbunny Member since:

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

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Probably not but they are most likely back porting patches if they need them ... this will make it harder.

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

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

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tylerdurden Member since:

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:

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:

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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lucas_maximus Member since:

Given your inability to understand an argument, I find it amusing when you post.

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