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SubjectRe: obsolete code must die
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"Daniel" <ddickman@nyc.rr.com> said:

[...]

> So without further ado here're the features I want to get rid of:
>
> i386, i486
> The Pentium processor has been around since 1995. Support for these older
> processors should go so we can focus on optimizations for the pentium and
> better processors.

How much does this contribute? I guess the _truly_ i[34]86 dependent code
is a few hundred lines, if that much. Besides, you would probably be
surprised at the number of those machines in use.

[...]

> ISA bus, MCA bus, EISA bus
> PCI is the defacto standard. Get rid of CONFIG_BLK_DEV_ISAPNP,
> CONFIG_ISAPNP, etc

Just too bad that 2 out of my 4 machines at home are ISA only, this one is
ISA/PCI; and of the servers at work a lowly P/155 (just ISA) is doing
useful work as the connection point for modems.


[...]

> parallel/serial/game ports
> More controversial to remove this, since they are *still* in pretty wide
> use -- but USB and IEEE 1394 are the way to go. No ifs ands or buts.

No non-paralell printers in sight for me. Some 2 dozen printers in all.

[...]

> I really think doing a clean up is worthwhile. Maybe while looking for stuff
> to clean up we'll even be able to better comment the existing code. Any
> other features people would like to get rid of? Any comments or suggestions?
> I'd love to start a good discussion about this going so please send me your
> 2 cents.

Try it, and come back with patches.
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