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Re: i386 compatibility & libstdc++



> > >>> 1a. create a stripped down version for i386, i.e. required/important
> > >>>     and go for i486.
> > >> Is there much performance improvement in dropping i386 in favour of i486+?
> > 
> > > - Integrated math coprocessor ( why does libc still check for its
> > > availability? ) [...]
> > 
> > 486SX.
> 
> I thought that in-kernel emulation would have solved the gap between 486
> DX and SX.

For practical purposes, yes... Although emulated FP is really, REALLY
slow. I installed a machine to be a X terminal about two years ago -
386SX, 8MB RAM. It worked fine, yes... But MUCH slower than a
similarly-configured machine with a hardware FP unit, to the point of
deciding it would be a text terminal, with no X :)

Greetings,

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