Re: "obsolete" hardware

Gabriel Paubert (
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 11:56:12 +0200 (METDST)

On Sun, 8 Jun 1997, Rob Hagopian wrote:

> They really don't make bad machines for routers and dialin lines. We have
> two 386s with just a network card and some modems acting as dialin
> terminals.
> But I really see no reason to have 386 support (and I'd say drop math
> emulation too so that people can use FP in the kernel) in the 2.1.x and
> later kernels. None of the new features are really worth implementing on
> such old hardware. Is anyone really going to have an IPv6 modem pool? And
> if you're doing IPv6 routing wouldn't you want a 486 anyways?

486SX also require FP emulation. And the biggest difference between 386
and 486/Pentium/PPro from a kernel standpoint is the existence of the WP
(write protect) bit in CR0.