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SubjectRe: Drop support for x86-32
On 08/23/2012 11:54 AM, Brian Gerst wrote:
>
>> - wastes time of developers who can spend their time supporting X32
>> instead of x86-32 or support x86-64 only as 99% of users will be able
>> to run x86-64 software if x86-32 will be dropped
>
> The x86-32 arch is mature and well maintained, and shares so much in
> common with x86-64, that there is little to be gained by dropping
> kernel support.
>

Speaking as one of the x86 maintainers... we are currently deciding the
cost/benefit tradeoff around removing i386 support. I don't mean
general x86-32 support, I mean i386 as opposed to i486, Pentium, and so on.

Dropping x86-32 support is decades away.

-hpa



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