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Re: Increasing minimum 'i386' processor

On Wed, 2011-11-23 at 00:44 +0100, Matthias Klose wrote:
> On 11/19/2011 11:42 PM, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > The i386 architecture was the first in Linux and in Debian, but we have
> > long since dropped support for the original i386-compatible processors
> > and now require a minimum of a 486-class processor.
> > 
> > I think it is time to increase the minimum requirement to 586-class, if
> > not for wheezy then immediately after.
> note that squeeze is built this way, and single packages like openjdk only build
> for 586.

So I was told.  I must have missed the discussion of this prior to the
change.  Somehow it seems to be missing from the release notes too.

> > (Later it should be increased
> > further, and eventually i386 should be reduced to a partial architecture
> > that may be installed on amd64 systems.)  This would allow the use of
> > optimisations and new instructions throughout userland that improve
> > performance for the vast majority of users.
> could you give numbers what kind of improvements you would expect?

That I don't know.


Ben Hutchings
Teamwork is essential - it allows you to blame someone else.

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