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Well, there's still some x86-32 around (some not too old Atoms), and armv6 (Raspberry Pi). And I'm hoping OpenRISC or RISC-V will be successful eventually.

I don't really get the point about how open software lost. Sure the hardware is disposable, but consider that the amd64 platform is only a relatively minor modification of the x86-32 platform, and that has only seen relatively small changes since the 386 - which is what the first linux was based on 24 years ago. The 32 bit arm architecture, just like the 386, came out in the mid eighties.

32bit x86 even got some new devices last year through the Intel Quark family. As these devices don't MMX and other stuff, they have an even older instruction set then the Atoms. And yet they are brand new.

Do they even run normal linux then? Even the 32bit atoms supported SSE2.

OpenRISC has been stagnant for many years and will probably never make it to silicon.

The last time I tried running Linux on OpenRISC, it was... interesting. There's upstream kernel support, but it's not compatible with the version of libc I could find - fails to boot due to syscalls that were removed when the code was pushed upstream.

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