Where will it *run*
Posted Jun 12, 2004 22:20 UTC (Sat) by dvdeug
In reply to: Where will it *run*
Parent article: A look at Firefox 0.9
It's no longer true that most things will run on a 386. Proper atomic instructions need for threading only exist on 486 or above, so very few places make a 386 distribution any more.
Optimizing for a particular processor can often speed up the code. If I were running something much slower than my PIII-450, I'd find a faster browser, an older Netscape, or possibly Konqueror or Opera, or Lynx. Given that there are very few pre-Pentium II users left for Mozilla, taking the speed advantage over the compatibility with older chips seems to be reasonable.
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