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Supporting older hardware

Supporting older hardware

Posted Sep 23, 2008 2:10 UTC (Tue) by unaiur (guest, #3563)
In reply to: Supporting older hardware by martinfick
Parent article: KS2008: Linux 3.0

Do you have tried all those fancy features in a 66Mhz 80486? Fedora doesn't boot up. RedHat Linux 9.0 is ssssslllllooooowwww. The best mainstream OS for that machine is a RedHat 7.2 based on 2.4.x kernel. Period.

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Supporting older hardware

Posted Sep 23, 2008 13:57 UTC (Tue) by martinfick (subscriber, #4455) [Link]

Hmm, isn't that the whole point of the discussion, whether an effort should be made to support older hardware or not? Your argument is a little bit circular, "it doesn't work, therefore, do not make it work"?

Supporting older hardware

Posted Jan 12, 2009 10:57 UTC (Mon) by Blaisorblade (guest, #25465) [Link]

The point is not circular. It is "it does not work and nobody with development skills care enough, so don't make it work".

Except that there are contemporary lightweight distributions, even if sometimes not based on glibc. Indeed, glibc bloat is probably the reason for which new distros are slow. The kernel isn't light either - Matt Mackall has been working on Linux-tiny, but most developers are happy to trade memory for speed, from the point of view of a 486 user, and they are indeed right: by current standards, nobody would say they trade memory for speed so easily :-).

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