The myth of Arch Linux and the i586
Jared asked the right question yesterday, when I proclaimed I had Arch Linux running on a Pentium MMX machine. How does a distro cut to fit the i686 generation downscale to an i586? After all, the two architectures are different, and software compiled for the newer, as a general rule, can’t run on the older.
Well, never let anyone tell you that Arch Linux won’t run on an i586 machine. It’s not true. It’s not intended to run on an i586 machine, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. It just means it’s a bit more work.
Arch has always won points — and will always win points — for being easy to customize to the machine you use. That is why many people use it.