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Re: i386 compatibility & libstdc++

On Mon, 2003-04-28 at 08:45, José Luis Tallón wrote:
> At 12:52 27/04/2003 -0400, you wrote:
> >Please explain how I can get a similar system, running on a similar
> >amount of power, and with no moving parts (i.e., no fans) using, even a
> >P-II.
> Hey! Where did you get that from?
> I'd love to have one of those ( specially if they came in a 19" 1U form 
> factor or similar !!! )

Rack mount? These sorts of things are usually about the size of a pack
of playing cards, and aren't intended for use as a stand-alone machine
or server: they're often used as embedded systems for industrial
monitoring and control, etc.

However, even at this level use of the i386 arch is diminishing rapidly,
and most of the PC104 etc cards you see around the place are at least
486 or better. My company set up some industrial monitoring units a
couple of years ago for a client and we used AMD chips running a very
minimal Debian, because the 386 options were just way too underpowered.

So speaking as someone with a vested interest in maintaining Debian
support for small scale embedded systems, even I wouldn't care if i386
was dropped (at least officially - as someone else noted, running
unofficial i386 sources wouldn't be too hard if anyone cared enough to
do it).

At this point i486 seems to be the minimal ix86 arch worth maintaining,



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