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Dropping support for 386 and possibly 486 and 586

There is currently a long thread on the develop list about the possibility of
dropping support from the i386 architecture for at best just 386 processors
and at worst everything except 686 processors.

This is because of various things like the new thread support and some
locking issues.

The discussion seems to be completely ignoring embedded processors,
many of which are 486 and 586 rather than the more modern chips found
in desktop and laptop machines.

There seems to be no-one but me putting up the arguement that the
embedded market needs support for these older chips.

Is anyone else worried about this change in policy by Debian?


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