From: Paul G. <pgarceau@at...> - 2002-04-25 23:22:58
On 25 Apr 2002 at 17:33, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> Is anyone actually using an i386 CPU? Should I continue for i386
> arch. or should I move to i486 and drop i386?
Only folks who might have a need for a i386 architecture...hmmm...default for Mingw is i386, right? Thought
that was default for Cygwin too.
Guess it depends on how many times that particular type of architecture gets downloaded. Most folks, ie.
those who are unaware of the differences in terms of cpu architecture, assume i386 should always be
downloaded...kind of, "when in doubt, always download i386 architecture -- 'cus that'll work..."
Can't remember if there is any documentation that shows folks how to decide which cpu architecture to
download for. I would think developers probably use, for the most part, the most appropriate cpu architecture if they
can (i686 for me). End users, on the other hand, well, there is no way to be certain.
Would suggest dropping i386 offhand, and moving on to i486. Guess it is time to determine what is
"baseline expectations" for those wanting to use or target MSYS on their box.
>Is anyone actually using an i386 CPU? Should I continue for i386
>arch. or should I move to i486 and drop i386?
I can't see how anyone can be using a 386 for Win32. The 386 is dead
for 32-bit Windows. Even nursery schools won't accept a 386 as a gift.
Neither would they accept a 486 ;). Personally, I wouldn't want to run
gcc on a 486 Windows PC, so even i486 is suspect.
Best regards, The Chief
Prof. Abimbola A. Olowofoyeku (The African Chief)