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Re: Dropping 386 support

On Sun, Oct 03, 2004 at 08:55:24AM +0200, Martin Schulze wrote:
> > Reasons for dropping 386 support are as follows:
> >   * d-i currently requires at least 20 megs of ram to install.  My 386
> > had 4 megs of ram, which required using lowmem w/ potato's installer.  I
> > don't see standard d-i as being a viable option for installing debian on
> > your 386 anytime soon.

> I guess the lowmem version won't help either?

The 20MB figure is an optimistic extrapolation from the most recent
successful lowmem tests Joey Hess has done.

> But still you can upgrade your woody i386 to sarge.  Last time I
> installed an i386 I was too lazy to wait loads of time and installed
> the disk on a Pentibum, then moved the disk to its final location and
> booted the i386.  For that, it's not that problematic if the installer
> doesn't support i386 as long as the installed system supports it.

True, though this doesn't change any of the other problems with trying
to support 80386 for sarge -- most notably, that there's no emulation
patch available that doesn't contain a root hole, no one who seems
comfortable working on a fix for this problem, and reservations from the
kernel team about including such a Debian-specific patch in the mainline
kernel packages.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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