[Mageia-dev] i686 must be Pentium II ?

Tux99 tux99-mga at uridium.org
Sat Sep 25 23:19:16 CEST 2010

On Sat, 25 Sep 2010, Giuseppe Ghibò wrote:

> > You are not seeing the bigger picture. Mageia is not just for desktop or
> > netbook users or modern powerful servers, there are people using
> > embedded systems that often still have i586 compatible cpus, ISA cards
> > are still very common in industrial uses, etc.
> >
> > Personally I have a VIA C3 based system that I use as home server, and
> > the C3 is only i586 compatible, not i686.
> >
> Frankly IMHO such hardware is pretty unusable on a modern distro. I think
> maintaining the compatibility for older legacy hardware is a duty for
> OpenBSD. I tried such (i.e. Mandriva) on older hardware, and it's really
> really slow, even without the graphical stuff. 

Again, you are missing the point, these machines are not desktop PCs 
running a GUI, any modern Linux distro still runs perfectly fine with 
64-128MB and 10-15 year old cpus when used for many headless purposes.

There is no reason to artificially block Mageia from running on these 
machines (and their are far more common than you think).

When planning a distro you need to think inclusion, not exclusion.

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