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  • Renesas H8/300 CPU Architecture Support To Be Dropped In Linux 5.19

    Phoronix: Renesas H8/300 CPU Architecture Support To Be Dropped In Linux 5.19

    The Renesas (originally Hitachi Semiconductor) H8/300 "h8300" CPU architecture support is set to be removed again once more from the Linux kernel. It was previously retired years ago before being restored only to once again fail to be maintained...

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...Dropping-h8300

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    If we set everything on fire [deleting all non mainstream code now], we save ourselves quite some intermediate steps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB1CKUkxlxA

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    • #3
      This makes sense. Unmaintained and probably not very wide usage at this point. These h8300 go back a few decades, it seems.

      We have an epidemic of people who are too drop-happy and they would (if they could) get rid of pretty much anything besides ARM and x86-64, which is grotesquely greedy and self-serving. If that's your caustic attitude go buy an Apple. They will be happy to cut you off after 3 years.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ezst036 View Post
        We have an epidemic of people who are too drop-happy and they would (if they could) get rid of pretty much anything besides ARM and x86-64, which is grotesquely greedy and self-serving. If that's your caustic attitude go buy an Apple. They will be happy to cut you off after 3 years.
        Meh, the greediest and most self-serving ones are those who expect someone else to maintain it but are not willing to put the work nor fund it. For this kind of maintenance you could have a single person working full time to make sure _several_ archs remained working. But that means we (the community) need to put in some money so that person can, you know, eat, buy nice things and buy the hardware to test stuff on. A community is based on reciprocal solidarity, not on the expectation of free labour, let alone the delusion that companies will do things for us that they can't really profit from, this stuff is by the community for the community or it simply doesn't happen.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ezst036 View Post
          This makes sense. Unmaintained and probably not very wide usage at this point. These h8300 go back a few decades, it seems.

          We have an epidemic of people who are too drop-happy and they would (if they could) get rid of pretty much anything besides ARM and x86-64, which is grotesquely greedy and self-serving. If that's your caustic attitude go buy an Apple. They will be happy to cut you off after 3 years.
          In an ideal world we would all buy transmeta CPU´S with a VLIW technology and would just need software updates to run CISC RISC or whatever code, but that did not happen

          Very Long Instruction Word – Wikipedia
          Transmeta Crusoe – Wikipedia

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          • #6
            hardware with more than 15 years of end of sale should all be removed from linux kernel.
            ​​​almost none of the hardware will still be running today anyway.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by zamroni111 View Post
              hardware with more than 15 years of end of sale should all be removed from linux kernel.
              ​​​almost none of the hardware will still be running today anyway.
              Except 68000, the immortal CPU 🤣

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