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 gilboa on Thu 13th Dec 2012 06:22 UTC in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
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A lot of embedded developers are going to be upset.

Intel was still producing 386 and 486 processors until 2007 and it was largely used in embedded devices.

You do understand that nothing stops developers from maintaining 3.7.x until their last i386 chip dies, right?

... Much like they did w/ 2.4 until the ***interest*** in maintaining it dropped.

Let alone the fact that all the embedded users around me (and I know quite a lot of them) either use ARM or ATOMs these days.

I would venture and guess that the only one upset about this move is, well, you.
Feel free to maintain your own kernel tree. Trust me, its not that hard.

- Gilboa

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