Re: biarch cooperation.
"C. Scott Ananian" <email@example.com> writes:
> On 21 Dec 2003, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> > C++ uses a different abi on i386 and i486+. To run any C++ stuff (like
> > apt) on i386 you need to emulate a dew instructions i386 doesn't
> > have. Thats just gcc/g++ screwups and not realy relevant given i386
> > cpus age. How wants to use a i386 nowadays anyway?
> Well, the 386 is still by far and away the most common processor for
> embedded applications. Which, btw, grossly outnumber desktop systems.
> So, the answer is, "just about everyone". They're just not running debian
And it never will "natively" any more. Sarge is i486 only while for
i386 there are some kernel patches for emulation.
> But more importantly, the 386->486->586->686 evolution path is the most
> common one in the industry: namely, "backwards compatibility". I would
> expect that all future architectures remain backwards compatible with one
> of the existing architectures, but that they add certain
> performance-improving features. Handling this intelligently is (IMHO) key
> for a graceful future of the debian packaging system.
> I predict that it won't be long until we start to see ia64 and amd64
> extensions as well.
Anything better than 386 is fine. But I hope ia32 will finally die
out for desktops and get replaced by ia64/amd64 systems.