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486 still being sold NEW / was Re: Increasing minimum 'i386' processor

On Sun, 20 Nov 2011, Ben Hutchings wrote:
On Sun, 2011-11-20 at 16:30 +0100, Kai Wasserbäch wrote:
Apart from that I wonder how many "embedded" x86 CPUs (instruction set < 586)
are out there. Are they still sold in current products?

As I said, Soekris still seems to have some for sale, but they are just
using up their remaining stock of CPUs.

There still is a rather large market for 486-class systems, it's just not very visible to the average consumer. It's the industrial PCs (IPC), for example the PC/104 form factor. The first google page gives this:


Granted, they're not powerful (they don't need to be), but they're still being produced(!) and sold, and they are a very interesting target for a Debian environment.

Now personally I'm not running these and I don't care much about 486 systems, but I'd say that any dropping of support for these industrial boards should be considered really carefully.

Best regards,

Anne Bezemer

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