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SubjectRe: obsolete code must die
On Thursday 14 June 2001 01:44, Daniel wrote:

> -- If someone really needs support for this junk, they will always have the
> option of using the 2.0.x, 2.2.x or 2.4.x series.

You mean you want 2.5+ series to just stop supporting all older hardware?

> 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.

Allow me to disagree. There are still plenty of those machines around.
Imagine how many of these are offering some kind of service somewhere on
Internet... A 100MHz 486 is still a good machine, if your task is computing
related and not "desktop" related (since most actual desktop systems are not
happy with less than 64MB RAM and other features no commonly present on 486
machines ;). I have 486 at home and I intend to continue using it.

> ISA bus, MCA bus, EISA bus
> PCI is the defacto standard. Get rid of CONFIG_BLK_DEV_ISAPNP,
> ISA, MCA, EISA device drivers
> If support for the buses is gone, there's no point in supporting devices
> for these buses.

Right now I'm listening to my mp3 music in my ESS ISA sound card. If I like
to listen to music while I work and I have a sound card that works why the
heck do I need to buy a new PCI one?

> 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.

Not so fast with these ones. And serial and parallel ports are sometimes
very useful, especially if you deal with electronics and/or are involved in
prototipe electronics and similar (although I'm trying to move to the much
better USB port :)

> 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.

I surely agree that cleaning up old stuff is very important, but please
agree that one of the strenghts of Linux is that you don't need so powerfull
or so advanced hardware to do the jobs, as some commercial alternatives
require, you can reuse some hardware that would be otherwise obsolete, so YOU
As a student, Radio Amateur and Electronics entusiast, many times I have
to rely on old and surplus hardware since money resources are scarce. Linux
lets me have fun, even with low resources. Thats the key to sucess IMO.


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