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Old 06-21-2008, 07:47 PM
Johnny Hughes
Default centos 4.6 - 586 install - how to get that to a 486 level if possible

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

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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