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SubjectRe: Old platforms: bring out your dead
On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 12:58 AM Arnd Bergmann <arnd@kernel.org> wrote:
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> After v5.10 was officially declared an LTS kernel,

I have a question here. Maybe I have missed something, but how LTS
helps in this case? LTS AFAIR has a rule "upstream first". How can you
provide a patch to be backported if there is no upstream for it
anymore?

> * 80486SX/DX: 80386 CPUs were dropped in 2012, and there are
> indications that 486 have no users either on recent kernels.
> There is still the Vortex86 family of SoCs, and the oldest of those were
> 486SX-class, but all the modern ones are 586-class.
> * Alpha 2106x: First generation that lacks some of the later features.
> Since all Alphas are ancient by now, it's hard to tell whether these have
> any fewer users.

We still have Intel Quark available. I run vanilla from time to time
on it due to the presence of peripherals I can't find elsewhere on x86
boards.

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With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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