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That Old I386 on the way out

Postby kc1di on Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:52 pm

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Re: That Old I386 on the way out

Postby xenopeek on Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:08 pm

Also GCC is now looking at dropping 80386 support. Are there any 80386 left that are operational, and running a modern Linux based distro? It would surprise me. I skipped over the 80386 back in the day and I won't miss it now :)

I went from a 8086 4.77 MHz (with turbo boost to 8 MHz!) directly to a 80486SX at 25 MHz. I can still recall doing my first C compile on the new machine and spending a good half hour trying to figure out what was going wrong--because on the 8086 the program I had been writing would take many minutes to compile and it compiled in just a few seconds on the 80486. I could just not wrap my head around this and figured it wasn't actually compiling and I had somehow messed up my compiler settings or something :lol:
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Re: That Old I386 on the way out

Postby Orbmiser on Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:10 pm

Well Not Useless as 386 architecture won't be needing or take advantage of what's new coming down the kernel pikes anyway.
Would locked it down when I reached that "Best Setup" for that ole' puppy and keep on using a still very functional setup.

But yep looks like the Kernel has become a huge monster since it's humble beginnings.
And needs to start trimming out the fat and trying to achieve a leaner more manageable entity.

Now if I can just get that kernel compiled for my Osbourne 1 & Amiga 3000....??? :P
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Re: That Old I386 on the way out

Postby overthetop on Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:30 pm

Orbmiser wrote:But yep looks like the Kernel has become a huge monster since it's humble beginnings.
And needs to start trimming out the fat and trying to achieve a leaner more manageable entity.

Exactly
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Re: That Old I386 on the way out

Postby moxiemontague on Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:04 pm

Don't worry about Linux dropping the 386. I got a copy of Windoze 3.11 and MSDOS 5 I'll let you have for cheap.
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