I don't think this stands a chance in hell. It's hard enough convincing people we can live without i686; "we're gonna make Fedora stop working with all CPUs made before 2013" has zero chance whatsoever. Adamwill (talk)
- In fact, even some CPU made in 2013. I have a server (in a DC) with a Intel Atom® Processor C233, who was launched in 2013, avx2 is not supported (and the server was installed 2 or 3 years ago). --Misc (talk) 17:42, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
- I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that unless this optimization is done as a runtime function switch (if AVX2 is present it uses an AVX2 optimized function, and if not it uses an older slower but compatible function. I believe there's distros out there that can/are doing this), then this is a SERIOUS issue. As noted above things like Atom CPUs (and their ilk) have a tendency to resurrect old micro-architectures and put them on new processes which improves them greatly, but won't include that functionality, as well as actively trying to throw away a lot of still very usable hardware (even ~2011 hardware is still very usable for many applications). --warthog9 (talk)
Concerns around AVX2 requirement
Over the next few years, there will be a growing number of alternative implementations of x86 available, many without AVX2 support. It seems to be highly premature, then, to mandate AVX2 as the minimum requirement, especially without evidence of a performance improvement or data showing number of impacted users (presumably quite large). This is a premature change. Premature by about 5-10 years in my own opinion, but that is debatable.