Re installing XP on Sony

Scott Stevens chenmel at
Sat Mar 5 09:06:37 CST 2005

On Fri, 04 Mar 2005 19:32:04 -0600
Jim Leonard <trixter at> wrote:

> Tore S Bekkedal wrote:
> > Actually, Linux will run on an 8086, nowadays, completely without
> > memory management as an embedded OS :)
> > 
> > I vaguely remember seeing a page about running Linux on the Tosh
> > 1000 :)
> That's the ELKS project, which promptly went inactive as soon as they
> got something cobbled together.  A much better bet for running *nix on
> 8088 hardware is Minix.
> -- 

Or early Xenix.  But my Altos 8086-based machine that runs ancient Xenix
is very proprietary, with (I believe, though I haven't got any 'deep'
technical specs for it) supplimentary hardware for memory protection.

I've always marvelled at the fascination for running any code base that
can plausiby be called 'Linux' on various tiny hardware.  If it's
possible to do so, there's probably already a proper port* of NetBSD
running on the hardware.  If not, it's just a contortionist trick.

One of the dangers (to bring things around to being on-topic for this
list) is that people will start running Linux or a BSD exclusively on
their vintage hardware.  A lot of the character of the vintage system is
lost when it has the same BASH prompt as any old PC Clone someone bought
at a garage sale. 

(*proper port meaning- a working codebase already merged into the
unified NetBSD source tree, not a cluster of patches, chops, and edits
'hung off the side' of a codebase that was once 'Linux' running on some
PC clone)

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