5.1 on a 386

John Nielsen john at jnielsen.net
Thu Jun 12 13:08:12 PDT 2003

On Thursday 12 June 2003 13:58, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> > Thomas T. Veldhouse wrote:
> Bill Moran <wmoran at potentialtech.com> writes:
> > If this is the case, then the hardware notes need updated, I quote:
> > "All Intel processors beginning with the 80386 are supported, including
> > the 80386, ..."
> > ... and ...
> > "While technically supported, the use of the 80386SX is specifically
> > not recommended."
> > That last sentence is slightly vague.  I assume that they recommend
> > against the 386 simply because it's not powerful enough to be
> > worthwhile, but it doesn't say specifically why.
> No, the 386SX is a problem because it has no floating point registers
> (or any other floating point support, for that matter).  The 386DX
> (with the floating point support onboard) is supported just fine, as I
> understand it.

I've wondered about that myself.  My 386DX does appear to be a happy camper.

> The original poster probably needs to go to the -CURRENT mailing list,
> where the details of the changed build procedures are understood a
> little better than, well, than in my own head...

That was my next recourse.  Thanks. :)


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