Linux Kernel Drops Support For Old Intel 386 CPUs
Yet another change for the upcoming Linux 3.8 kernel is the removal of support for the old Intel i386 processors.
Ingo Molnar submitted the "Nuke 386-DX/SX support" pull request for Linux 3.8, which Linus has already pulled into the mainline tree.
Dropping the old Intel "80386" code is being done to reduce some complexity within the Linux kernel to allow for future improvements without having to worry about maintaining the support for this ancient PC hardware.
This tree removes ancient-386-CPUs support and thus zaps quite a bit of complexity:
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