On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 11:00:48AM -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:
So the set of people we'd be inconveniencing is exactly the set
people with no bandwidth and the inability to boot from anything larger
than a CD.
Not only that - the people who have no bandwidth, the inability to boot
from anything larger than a CD and no USB ports that can be bootstrapped
from a bootloader sitting on a CD or floppy.
USB has been required by Microsoft's logo program since 1999 and was
effectively ubiquitous on Pentium 2 before that, so the set of hardware
we're ruling out is at least 13 years old and more realistically
probably 15. We've already dropped support for x86 hardware that was in
production more recently than that.
Matthew Garrett | mjg59(a)srcf.ucam.org