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    Default Linux Kernel: "Drop Support For x86-32"

    Phoronix: Linux Kernel: "Drop Support For x86-32"

    An alleged Linux user-space developer has called for dropping x86 32-bit support from the Linux kernel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE2NzE

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    tbh i think windows 7 should've been the last serious 32 bit release - it would help force people to move away from their P4s. as for linux, there hasn't really been a compelling reason to use 32 bit unless you are a p4 (or older) user. the only difference is linux is still pretty good with that older hardware, so ditching support for it would be annoying for such users. however, those users seem to be left in the dust in many ways anyway, mainly due to GPU support associated by the P4's (and older) generation.

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    So... uh... Michael pretty much admits that he wrote this article to troll the forums. Huh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
    So... uh... Michael pretty much admits that he wrote this article to troll the forums. Huh.
    and, surprisingly, it looks like his most well-written article too.
    go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmidtbag View Post
    tbh i think windows 7 should've been the last serious 32 bit release
    Personally, I was surprised that Windows 7 supported 32 bit processors at all, considering the system requirements for Vista. They improved things quite a bit from Vista, but I still think 7 should have been 64-bit only. Windows 8, definitely should have been 64-bit only (on x86). I'm guessing they left the support in for 32-bit tablets.

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    Sorry, early morning here but... did I just read an article about some dude trolling LKMS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1348 View Post
    Sorry, early morning here but... did I just read an article about some dude trolling LKMS?
    You did. I think Michael got a good laugh out of it, and wanted Phoronix readers to get a laugh out of it too.

    Also, this thing started about two months ago already, at the nvnews forums: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=186238

    Basically: LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by adler187 View Post
    Windows 8, definitely should have been 64-bit only (on x86). I'm guessing they left the support in for 32-bit tablets.
    It certainly has nothing to do with supporting currently existing software that all of their customers are using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogi_berra View Post
    It certainly has nothing to do with supporting currently existing software that all of their customers are using.
    Ancient 32-bit apps run on Windows x64 just fine in most cases, just like most ancient 32-bit apps run on Linux x86_64 just fine (assuming you install the 32-bit userland). The only things that need to be upgraded/replaced are drivers (and the odd program whose authors did something stupid).

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