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Re: Dropping 386 support

On Mon, Oct 04, 2004 at 12:19:16AM +0200, Adeodato Simó wrote:
> * Joey Hess [Sun, 03 Oct 2004 12:54:21 -0400]:
> > Andres Salomon wrote:
> > > Given d-i's memory requirements, and the fact that you'd be hard-pressed
> > > to find a (desktop) 386 system with more than 16 megs of memory, I don't
> > > consider debian 3.1 to be a viable candidate for installing onto a 386.
> > > Also, note that if we do drop 386 support, I will rename
> > > kernel-image-2.6.8-386 to kernel-image-2.6.8-486, and update
> > > optimizations accordingly.

> > I have no opinion on 386 support, but it's too late to go changing
> > kernel package names for sarge. d-i relies on the current names, and
> > this sort of transition will likely set us back days or weeks on our
> > release schedule.

>   would it be a problem to actually update optimizations as Andres
>   proposes, but without changing packages? that is, *if* finally sarge
>   ships without plain i386 support and that is clearly noted in the
>   release notes.

The d-i images really need to be built from kernel-image packages that
are in the archive at the time we ship.  Optimizing for 486 isn't a very
good reason on its own to force another kernel build cycle.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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