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[Link] Linux to Drop Support for Intel 386 Chips

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

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Almost 30 years after it debuted, the 386 chip from Intel may no longer be able to run the next kernel of the Linux operating system.

Developer Ingo Molnar said support for the 386 chip, which debuted back in 1985, meant complexity for developers who had to do more work to accommodate it.

"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," Molnar said.

Molnar is one of several developers working on the upcoming next version of Linux - version 3.8. Linux's version 3.7 debuted last Dec. 10.



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Re: [Link] Linux to Drop Support for Intel 386 Chips

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

How dare they drop support!
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Re: [Link] Linux to Drop Support for Intel 386 Chips

Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:56 PM

Wow, that's a really terrible move.
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Re: [Link] Linux to Drop Support for Intel 386 Chips

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:01 PM

jon.kiparsky, why do you say that? I mean, how many people still use 386 (not x86, or 686, or whatever else, but 386)?
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Re: [Link] Linux to Drop Support for Intel 386 Chips

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:35 PM

In the US? Not a lot of people. But if you've seen what people around the world do with supposedly obsolete technology, you'd think twice about trashing running machines just because they don't run the newest latest games.

Linux was always about computing for the people - throwing that away seems like a bit of a loss to me.
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Re: [Link] Linux to Drop Support for Intel 386 Chips

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

If people would use it they would maintain it. No one is stopping them from putting it back in.
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