5-Current on Pentium-I with old hardware: still risky?

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Sun Apr 18 06:46:02 PDT 2004

On Sun, Apr 18, 2004 at 10:12:27PM +0900, Rob wrote:
> Hi
> I have an old Pentium-1, which I like to configure as a router
> for a home network, with a minimal amount of user applications
> for system maintenance only.
> All my other production machines at work and home have much newer
> hardware, so I don't take risks and run 4-stable.
> When I read about problems with early adoption of 5.X, I mainly
> encounter risks related to extremely large RAM, multi processors,
> or very new hardware.
> My simple and old Pentium-1 PC may therefore a very low risk system for
> installing 5-Current. Is that right? Or am making a big mistake here?

The risk in tracking -CURRENT is not only for new features, but
everyday stability.  From time to time, if you track -CURRENT you
_will_ encounter panics, and occasionally data corruption and worse,
so you need to be willing and able to deal with that when it happens.

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