On Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 10:13:41AM +0000, Duncan wrote:
> Personally, I'd say 686 is the lowest reasonable to support at this point.
> Below that, try an appropriate binary distribution and save the days/weeks
> of compiling. Of course, Gentoo is highly customizable, and folks could
> try it on 386 if they wanted, but I don't believe it's worth supporting
> below 686 at this point. That's personally. I'm sure there are folks
> that would argue we should at least support 586, but I simply don't
> believe it's worth it.
There are CPUs like VIA C3 which don't have support for cmov and
i think gcc asumes that cmov is present if march is i686. Don't
know if this changed now.
I wouldn't like if i couldn't install Gentoo on my 800Mhz C3
machines anymore because something like -march=i686 is being used.
Maybe it's a radical point of view but i think generic i386 or
maybe i486 binaries are enough for a boot CD and stages. Almost
everyone will rebuild the stuff anyway. And i don't think there's
a huge speed loss until the binaries are rebuilt.
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