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i586 kernel [was Re: Module symbol versions in installer kernel]

On Sat, May 15, 2004 at 08:41:17AM -0700, Jesse Keating wrote:
> > Which brings up this question: are there any i586 systems out there with
> > enough RAM to run anaconda anyway?
> Yes, plenty of them.  The base issue is that things like nptl and such 

Not to doubt you, but what does "plenty of them" mean? Fedora won't even
install with 32MB, and by the time more RAM than that was common, so were
newer CPUs, if I remember right.

I'm very sympathetic to making Linux run on older hardware, but Fedora is
already pretty unfriendly to those systems as is. Why not just make the
Pentium Pro the minimum for FC3? That covers us all the way to back to 1995
(well, okay, 1998, since the PPro never really caught on and there were all
those MMX P5s). Other distros -- perhaps even a tailored Fedora branch --
can cover before that.

Matthew Miller           mattdm mattdm org        <http://www.mattdm.org/>
Boston University Linux      ------>                <http://linux.bu.edu/>

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