bert at brothom.nl
Thu Nov 17 03:09:11 CST 2005
Tony Duell wrote:
>>That is exactly why I did not buy the 3 ed. Minux has been re-wrtten
>>from a 8088 to a 386+
>>in the 3rd ed. 8 meg of ram min is needed, 16 recomended. I was buying
> That means it wouldn't run on this PC (too little RAM), for all I am
> running an old version of linux with no problems.
> The reason I bought Minix in the beginning was that it would run on my
> PC/XT machine (the only PC I had at the time). And I learnt a fair bit
> about OSes and enough C to be dangerous by playing about with it.
> 8MB and a 386 is not a small machine!
Oh it will run on your machine. But you have to tweak it somewhat. The
whole idea behind moving drivers to userland is to make a very minimal
kernel. The kernel is only a 8k of code or something like that.
Obviously it needs some ram as well, but that also depends on the number
of processes you want to be able to have in memory.
I checked with Tanenbaum last night and he thinks it won't work on a
I doubt it runs on 8086s any more. Should work on 386s but
I don't know if anyone has tried. If memory is tight, it
will be necessary to tweak the system and reduce the FS cache.
The third edition of the book will be out in a month. I would
indeed suggest waiting for it.
So this should help getting it to work on your machine. ;-)
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