There's also PCEM, which emulates the XT, PC JR and early AT (286). If something that can target those machines (eg Desmet) falls into our laps ...then why not?

On 11/9/2017 4:24 PM, Rugxulo wrote:
Hi,

Just to clarify ....

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 6:50 PM, Rugxulo <rugx...@gmail.com> wrote:
There's nothing wrong with supporting 8086, and I still like it. But
it's far from burdensome to require 386 these days. Heck, we're
already a million years beyond that. Most developers don't even want
to support less than SSE2, and a lot want to kill 32-bit kernels
entirely. Don't forget AVX-512 and FMA, BMI, CLMUL, and whatever
gobbledegook they're throwing at us these days. We've long ago jumped
the shark.
1). https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Arch-Linux-i686-Ends
2). https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Cannonlake-March-GCC

Granted, Cannonlake isn't out yet, but its predecessor Coffee Lake
came out a month ago (Oct. 5). I'm just saying, x86 cpus are *way*
more complex these days than just "is it 8086? 386? 686? P4?".

You don't have to be trendy and keep up with all extensions (I don't).
But you do have to be aware that requiring 386 is far from burdensome.
I understand that retro hardware needs 16-bit, and I'm not saying we
should break anything. But we have to be somewhat realistic here.

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