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Linux, the 386, and Days of Auld Lang Syne

The year 2012 may not yet be over, but here in the Linux community another kind of curtain was recently dropped for the last time. It's the end of the line for Linux's support of Intel's 386 chip, specifically, and tears are being shed across the land -- or not. "This tree removes ancient-386-CPUs support and thus zaps quite a bit of complexity," wrote developer Ingo Molnar when submitting the change last week. "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." Read more at LinuxInsider



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  • Geoff Said:

    Who's still running 21 year old PC's anyway?....museums perhaps. LOL

  • Mr.Non-Descript Said:

    Indeed, if they're still running a system that old, I'm sure they're happy with their current OS version. Heck, I'm a tech hoarder and the oldest system I have running is a Pentium III.

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