> > Support for the 80386 processor has been removed from the GENERIC
> > kernel. The default FreeBSD kernel is now more optimized for modern
> > CPUs. No longer do you have to settle for performance draining
> > compatibility with hardware you haven't owned in a decade.
> I don't feel this is a good decision. (I still have a 486, act as
> a small server and a 286 witch is in storage) This basally means
> that any one who doesn't have the latest processor can't install
> FreeBSD.  (I could be wrong) Having a option during the installation
> to use GENERIC or PENTIUM (IV) would be far better. A option to
> enable/disable hardware compile one own kernel would be great to. I
> never owned any SCSI devices in a decade.

Be careful that you are not asking for something that is too one-sided.

FreeBSD-CURRENT is aimed at the bleeding edge. The fact that it runs
AT ALL on your hardware is GOOD. _However_, FreeBSD is not going to
let CURRENT be held back to some low denominator that is no longer
commercially available. Support has only been dropped for the
_default_ install. You can still build a custom kernel for 80386.

You are in the minority. You have a way to run FreeBSD-CURRENT, you just
don't have it in the default install. :-)

Mark Murray
Beware! I'm umop ap!sdn

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