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According to Linus, Linux is considering dropping support for the venerable 486.

 

It would be the first x86 CPU architecture to lose support since the 386 was dropped a decade ago.

 

Is anyone around here running Linux on a 486-class CPU?  According to Wikipedia, Intel discontinued production of them in 2007.

 

If you are running Linux on a 486, I'd be curious to see some pictures!  Ideally with something to document that it's 2022!

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On 10/25/2022 at 9:23 AM, Sandy Bridge said:

According to Linus, Linux is considering dropping support for the venerable 486.

 

It would be the first x86 CPU architecture to lose support since the 386 was dropped a decade ago.

 

Is anyone around here running Linux on a 486-class CPU?  According to Wikipedia, Intel discontinued production of them in 2007.

 

If you are running Linux on a 486, I'd be curious to see some pictures!  Ideally with something to document that it's 2022!

 

omg dude, u gave me a heart attack, i misunderstood the topic in stating that Linux is planning to drop x86 support LOL

 

as for ther 486 specifically, no real opinion tbh. even if they drop it ud still be able to run older Linux versions on the hardware, should be good enough. frees up space for newer hardware.

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On 10/26/2022 at 4:51 PM, jaybee83 said:

omg dude, u gave me a heart attack, i misunderstood the topic in stating that Linux is planning to drop x86 support LOL

Haha, no, that would be major news!  I can only see them announcing that on April 1st.  It would make no sense otherwise!

 

I did consider writing the title with "80486", maybe I should have...

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