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[4]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by tylerdurden on Thu 13th Dec 2012 01:19 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by lucas_maximus"
tylerdurden
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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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