Thursday, 6 March 2014

Re: Changing default CFLAGS on i386

On Thursday, March 06, 2014 09:44:14 Ryan Lortie wrote:
...
> By "currently run on" do you mean that we actually run on these in
> situations that we know about, or that we have the theoretical ability,
> if someone wanted to...
>
> I'm fairly sure that Unity would not run nicely on any hardware from
> late 90s/early 00s. You could maybe repurpose an extremely old machine
> as an Ubuntu server and we could be cutting those people out, but they
> also have many other options (such as Debian). This could potentially
> hurt some flavours like Xubuntu which might actually be capable of
> running on hardware of that vintage.
>
> Looking at some typical historical models released by Dell, machines
> that came with Pentium 2 and Pentium 3 chips tended to have between 64MB
> (low) and 512MB (very high end). 256MB seems somewhat typical for
> Pentium 3 machines, at least. Clocks are in the sub-GHz range and
> entirely single-core. It's possible to imagine that XFCE could run
> here, but it wouldn't exactly be nice...
...
FWIW, I have a dual Pentium III 450 system from ~1999 running Ubuntu Server as
a test system.

Scott K

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