To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die and a time for Linux to discontinue support for Intel’s 27-years old, 32-bit 386 CPU in its next major release of the Linux kernel: 3.8.
Ingo Molnár, a Red Hat engineer and Linux kernel developer, asked Linus Torvalds, Linux’s founder on December 11th to “consider pulling the latest x86-nuke386-for-linus git tree. For those of us who haven’t been Linux kernel enthusiasts since day one, Molnár explained, “This tree removes ancient-386-CPUs support and thus zaps quite a bit of complexity.” He continued, “Unfortunately there’s a nostalgic cost: your old original 386 DX33 system from early 1991 won’t be able to boot modern Linux kernels anymore. Sniff.”
Indeed, back in 1991, Torvalds sent out a Usenet posting saying, “I’m doing a (free) operating system. (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu [Gnu] was, and is, the free software collection of programs originated by Richard M. Stallman) for 386(486) AT clones.” From that modest beginning Linux began.
Torvalds responded the next day, December 12th. I’m not sentimental. Good riddance.”