[CentOS] Re: centos 4.6 - 586 install - how to get that to a 486 level if possible

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Sat Jun 21 19:47:14 UTC 2008


nate wrote:
> Scott Silva wrote:
> 
>> I still think Debian, Ubuntu, Gentoo, or one of the BSD's will be your best
>> option on that hardware. But Gentoo would take forever to compile/install on
>> that hardware.
> 
> I thought I read at some point that Debian etch dropped 486 support.
> 
> Another option may be CentOS 3.x or CentOs 2.x, I'd think one of them
> would support 486, and in theory at least they are still getting
> security updates. Older hardware often needs older software to run,
> at least there's an option to run older software that's still
> supported.

The real issue is that glibc compiled for --target i386 is not really 
100% i386 compatible ... also NTPL doesn't work (is turned off).  This 
will potentially affect many other packages.

Upstream just made many assumptions in glibc and, the bottom line is 
that centos is just not designed to work on less than an i586 machine 
... well really i686, but i586 SHOULD work with the proper mods.

However, IMHO, i486 is impossible to get working (reliably) without 
rebuilding everything with the new glibc/gcc.


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