On Mon, May 15, 2006 at 04:06:18PM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Followup to: <200605152111.20693.ak@xxxxxxx>
> By author: Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxx>
> In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
> > > > > x86 is a legacy architecture now anyway, right? ;)
> > I wish everybody would agree on that @)
> > > > It's going to live on for a very long time, though. Intel is still
> shipping some very fast 64-bit-deficient silicon. Once that's gone,
> it's going to live on for decades in the embedded world.
There's also a surprising number of people still running
their shiny new x86-64's in 32 bit mode. (I suspect because
they're reliant upon applications that aren't 64-bit clean
that for whatever reason don't run in 32-bit emulation).
I'd be surprised if any of the major distros stopped shipping
a 32-bit x86 release for several years.