Re: support for '386s be disabled (was: 2.1.42)

linux kernel account (
Sat, 7 Jun 1997 17:49:41 -0400 (EDT)

On Sat, 7 Jun 1997, Richard B. Johnson wrote:

> The newer kernels simply do not work properly with a '386SX/16.. And
> the old 0.99 kernel will not work with the new ELF binaries and the
> improvements made in the file-systems (of course).

Thats flat wrong, I've had 2.1.38 running on a 386SX/10 (underclocked)
with mono, ide, 4megs ram, ethernet for quite a while.. I use it do demo
the power of linux on limited hardware.. If there is a kernel
incompatibility with that machine then it's specific to that MB..

Furthermore, you are having a fit that he can't run elf bins and such..
Why are you having him run a development kernel??? 2.0.x runs elf bins..
I've got 5 386es here (and two 486slcs) running 2.0.x kernels.. They all
run fine.

> Cheers,
> DJ
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Take your own advice when esp when it's the VP's computer.