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If you're planning on using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat on a computer with a processor older than i686, well... you can't.

Ubuntu 10.10 will be dropping support for i386-i586 processors so it can take advantage of the i686 optimizations. Apparently this has been discussed and confirmed at UDS-M.

But there seem to be some issues with this: even some new processors which are especially designed for low power consumption are i586. Such a processor is the Geode LX800 - a pretty new processor for which a bug has been filled on Launchpad but which most probably won't be fixed since Geode LX800 is a i586 processor.

Thanks to Manish for the heads up!