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Bug#198158: architecture i386 isn't i386 anymore

On Fri, Jun 20, 2003 at 03:28:02PM +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Jun 2003, Stephen Stafford wrote:
> > On Fri, Jun 20, 2003 at 02:25:52PM +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:
> > > What about perusing the INT 6 idea, and going all the way up to i686?
> > While I support the removal of 386 support, I absolutely and strenuously
> > object to going to 686.  686 isn't all that old at all (1997 IIRC), and I
> > use a nunber of 4/586 machines still (I have one 486 which I use for
> > embedded development and 3 P100 boxen which are used for various things like
> > CVS server, gateway/firewall, testing various things).
> Note that my idea was about patching the kernel that so the newer opcodes 
> would be emulated in software.  Everything would still work even on a 386, 
> just slower -- and the speed decrease can be removed by running apt-build.

I don't see how that suggestion can possibly be taken seriously.  Very few
i386 machines have the requisite disk space, memory, and swap space to build
large applications in Debian today.

-- John

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