Dropping i386 non-PAE as a supported kernel flavour in Precise Pangolin

John Meinel john at arbash-meinel.com
Sun Nov 13 17:58:56 UTC 2011

If the hardware is from 2000+ then it is likely to have PAE support. And
running Win 98 just means it wasn't older than that. Win 2000 was a
business version, and XP as the next consumer version didn't come out until
Oct 2001.

What I saw on Intel's site is that roughly 1999 is when everything had PAE.

So the question is how old is too old, eventually there will be a cutoff,
12 years is pretty long. Plus the time that O is still supported. So close
to 15 years total.

On Nov 13, 2011 6:21 PM, "Dotan Cohen" <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 09:19, Martin Pool <mbp at canonical.com> wrote:
> >> Computers are replaced as frequently as refrigerators by people who
> don't
> >> care how quickly it loads a page or makes ice: when it stops turning on.
> >
> > Those people are probably not upgrading their refrigerator firmware
> > all that often either.  They may not want a major new OS release.
> > They might install an update/backport of a particular app.
> >
> I am not aware of replacement refrigerator software. I do know of
> people who for a variety of reasons continue to use perfectly
> serviceable hardare from the early 2000S. In fact, one library that I
> service is still using some ancient machine for their catalog that was
> running on Windows 98 until a few months ago. It is now an Ubuntu
> machine running wine. I do not remember which version of Ubuntu, but
> it runs perfectly fine on that 13-year-old hardware.
> > There is a group of people who want the latest-and-greatest software
> > on old or small hardware, but they're necessarily the crowd you're
> > describing here.
> >
> I doubt that these people need latest-and-greatest software, but they
> do need supported software. That is the argument for keeping the
> non-PAE kernel in the LTS release.
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