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Re: i386 compatibility & libstdc++

On Sat, 26 Apr 2003 17:56, Chris Cheney wrote:
> I also find it hard to believe that the majority of our users do not
> have or can not purchase a system that is less than 7 years old. Being
> that is how old the i686 sub-arch is... I once attempted to install
> Debian 2.1 on a Pentium 90, it took many hours and was a pita to say the

There are also other issues.  Currently it seems that Linux code does not get 
much testing on older hardware.

I have a 2.4.20 kernel compiled with recent GCC 3.2.x that runs on a number of 
Athlon, P2, and P3 machines.  But when installed on the single Pentium 
(non-MMX) machine I run the machine hangs within 6 hours repeatedly.

I haven't tracked this down in detail (it's difficult when each test cycle 
takes several hours and it's a production server).  But it's clear to me that 
something isn't working properly when compiling the latest kernel with the 
latest GCC for an older Pentium machine.

My client (who routinely installs P4 Windows machines for their customers) is 
not too bothered about being forced to upgrade from a Pentium because of 
this, they plan to rescue a Celeron that one of their customers discards...

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