[Chugalug] Linux removes support for 386

Rod-Lists rod-lists at epbfi.com
Thu Dec 13 03:34:55 UTC 2012


I read somewhere that 386 & 486 are used in space due to the fact that they are more resistant to cosmic radiation than modern processors.

----- Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Because PLCs and many embedded systems don't need power, or even
> efficiency. They just need a dirt cheap processor to parse things as they
> come along.
> 
> On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 9:58 PM, Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > But WHY?!?!?
> >
> > The 486 came out in 1989.  NINETEEN EIGHTY-NINE.  That means before the
> > 1990s even started, the 386 was outdated and replaced.  This is over 20
> > years after that.  Our $8.99 prepaid cell phones have more processing power
> > than that.  It would have to be more expensive to run a 386 for a month
> > than to buy a brand new system with more power.  There are $50 tablets with
> > more power - and they have WiFi, a touchscreen, and a battery.
> >
> > So even saying "I already have this system" doesn't mean you are actually
> > saving money by using it.  An order-of-magnitudes more powerful system that
> > takes less electricity to run would save you money in the long term.  And
> > by "long term" I mean a few weeks.
> >
> > *- Chad W. Smith*
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 8:35 PM, Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>wrote:
> >
> >> Chad,
> >>
> >> There are plenty of 386 based PLCs and embedded systems....
> >>
> >> On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM, Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Some things I just don't understand.
> >>>
> >>> Like why anyone would be using a 386 in 2013 (which it almost is).  The
> >>> "last ones" were made in 2007 - which is about to be 6 years ago - but in
> >>> 2007, we already had Core 2 Duos, so I don't know what they were being used
> >>> for even then.  386 is an 80s chip!  Unless you got some missions critical
> >>> data on a 30 year old computer - (I'm sure I'm looking at you US
> >>> Government) - you should not be using a 386 in 2013.  Or 2007.  Or any year
> >>> starting with a 2.
> >>>
> >>> If you do have missions critical stuff on a computer not made
> >>> this millennia - start getting it off of there immediately.  What is your
> >>> problem?
> >>>
> >>> *- Chad W. Smith*
> >>>
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