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Linux Magazine: Back to the Future

[ Thanks to Jason
Perlow
for this link. ]

“PC CPU paradigm shift? Been there, done that. Don’t you
remember what happened with the 386? Oh, that’s right, most of you
are too young to remember. Compared to most of the Linux user
demographic these days, I might as well be an octogenarian–even if
I’m only 34. Well, sonny, saddle up on grandpa’s lap and he’ll tell
you a story. Be nice and I might even share some Werther’s
Originals, or some of this new cola-flavored gum that I’m addicted
to from Penguin Mints.

“In the mid 1980s–1985 to be exact, when Michael J. Fox and Lea
Thompson were flying around in a Delorean-cum-time machine, Reagan
was president, and all of us in high school were listening to Men
at Work and Duran Duran–Intel released the 386, heralding in a
so-called new age of personal computing…”

Complete
Story