Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support
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.