Re: Increasing minimum 'i386' processor
On 20/11/2011 20:36, Ben Hutchings wrote:
If that is so, we should instead think forward to 686-class
with CMOV as a minimum for wheezy + 1. Use of CMOV instructions is an
important optimisation and they *are* generated directly by compilers.
While i might agree with the exclusion of 486 cpu classes (somewhere i
have a Winchip C6 200 MHz but i consider it unusable except for very
limited tasks), i think that excluding 586 could be too aggressive. AMD
K6-2 processors doesn't have CMOV, because when i try to use various
rescue CD on some of these machine, they don't boot with a messages
informing of the missing instruction. These processors are about 15
years old but are still useful and usable today and maybe still for
I think that would be a pity if Debian will not provide anymore a kernel
for this old cpus.