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    SubjectRe: "obsolete" hardware
    On Sun, 8 Jun 1997, Rob Hagopian wrote:

    > >One of our firewall/routers was a 386 with 20Mb Seagate ST205 MFM drives.
    > >Its had a disk upgrade to a large (mostly empty) disk as the 205 was starting
    > >to die of old age
    > They really don't make bad machines for routers and dialin lines. We have
    > two 386s with just a network card and some modems acting as dialin
    > terminals.
    > But I really see no reason to have 386 support (and I'd say drop math
    > emulation too so that people can use FP in the kernel) in the 2.1.x and
    > later kernels. None of the new features are really worth implementing on
    > such old hardware. Is anyone really going to have an IPv6 modem pool? And
    > if you're doing IPv6 routing wouldn't you want a 486 anyways?

    Speaking as the proud owner of a 486SX system (with no FP) I must say
    that I object strenuously to that remark. This box was brand-new just a
    couple of years ago and does its job very well. If you want to force
    people to upgrade everything they own, go get a job with Microsoft.

    Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer MWOOD@INDYVAX.IUPUI.EDU
    Those who will not learn from history are doomed to reimplement it.

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