DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2013-04
Re: Selection of roadmap for i386 platform End-of-Life (EOL)
On 4/26/2013 05:16, Matthew Dillon wrote:
> There's still one serious issue which is that Intel's initial
> foray into mobile is 32-bit. We can't really EOL 32-bit as long
> as Intel and/or AMD are still producing 32-bit-only chips.
Would DragonFly legitimately ever be installed on such a chip? As
interesting as it would be, I don't see DragonFly ever powering a phone
or mobile device. (does this mean tablet?)
> (Though even in the mobile space I expect things will move rapidly
> to 64-bit due to competition from ARM).
> Other then that, 32-bit is dead. Even minimalist machines coming
> out today can have more than 4G and the larger KVM area on 64-bit
> is becoming very important for resource management.
From what I've seen, DragonFly has never targeted every device or older
devices. Other Operating Systems have that "mission", but DragonFly is
getting a reputation as the "innovation" BSD and that implies a more
aggressive approach to features that can impeded. If the chips you
mention above won't realistically run DragonFly anyway, I don't see that
as a blocker or "serious issue" regarding 32-bit EOL, but then everyone
already knew that. :)