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Re: Changing the default 32-bit x86 arch for Fedora 12 (#2)



Bill Nottingham wrote:
Chris Adams (cmadams hiwaay net) said:
- We don't really support i586 in any meaningful matter
What does this mean?  Does Fedora not run on i586?  Why was there a
mass-rebuild for i586 if it doesn't work?

I know of *no one* in the community who tests on i586 to ensure that it
works.
Well, I used to do, ... but you are right insofar, as that Fedora has grown too fat and bloated to be of much actual use on i586's, anymore.

At a certain level, I suspect many, if not all, bugs of a "Fedora does
not install/takes three days to do anything/does not run well" on a i586-class
box are going to be CLOSED/WONTFIX-UNLESS-YOU-ARE-SENDING-A-PATCH, at
best.
That's not the point of keeping i586's around

On the user side, it's primarily "reusing recycled HW" without having to quit the distro you are using elsewhere.

On the developers' side it's "using i586s as testing platforms" to e.g. detect pieces of code which lack generality/suffer from portability issues and inefficiency.

(Now combine this with my remark on "Fedora is fat" ... )

*That's* what I mean by "we don't really support i586 in any meaningful
manner".
You seem to be speaking in terms of "You == RH".

Ralf


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