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    Who here has mixed feeling about Linux dropping i486?

    by suitors-07-quince ·

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    I do, I like the ambition of being compatible with hardware that came out in 1989, but at the same time, even if you have a contemporary industrial 486 clone like the Vortex86, there are better OSes you could run and self-hosting compiles would be almost (if not outright) impossible and the same OS that’s that legacy friendly doesn’t need spectre and meltdown mitigation because the branch prediction was more simple and had less holes in it and it also doesn’t need drivers for a PCIe device.

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