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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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Linus Torvalds has announced the Linux kernel no longer supports Intel's 80386 processors.

Reg readers will doubtless recall that the 386 debuted way back in 1985 and made something of a splash when the chip found its way into PCs made by Compaq before an IBM PC bearing the processor reached the market.

386s screamed along, by the standards of the day, at up to 33 mHZ. At that speed Windows 3.1 did not disgrace itself. By the time the 486 and Pentium came along, 386s dropped out of sight.

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I don't like it.

I don't like it. This is linux, not windows. what next? remove support for 32bit processors?
I use a 32bit (PAE) kernel on a Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU E7500 and I have no plans to ever move to a 64bit kernel.
I run proprietary 32bit applications and I have no intention of using the multilib crap.

Your complaining about

Your complaining about something that hasn't even happened? Also, do you have any 80386 chips around?


I hope you and your rotary phone enjoy standing in the way of progress for the other 7 billion people on the planet.

"make us upgrade our Doom rig"

While I generally agree with your overall premise, but we shouldn't be dropping support for hardware that some folks are still using.

one example


The support isn't retroactively removed.

If you CHOOSE to run ancient hardware, you still have numerous choices of ancient software to run on it.

The only option you're losing is upgrading as the rest of the world passes you and your dinosaur hardware by.

Hardly seems like a tragedy.

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