*nix on "classic" systems
davis at saw.net
Tue Apr 10 01:47:36 CDT 2007
Tim Shoppa wrote:
>"Ensor" <classiccmp at memory-alpha.org.uk> wrote:
>>I've recently been looking at setting up an old HP Vectra P-90 to run Linux
>>(or some form of *nix) and started wondering what ports exist for "classic"
>>Looking around I see that "NetBSD" in particular supports quite a few
>>architectures including VAX, SGI, NeXT etc etc, but I've struck out
>>regarding Linux ports.
>>So, can anyone point me at a website listing Linux ports to architectures
>>other than PC's.
>bash-3.00$ cd /usr/src
>bash-3.00$ cd linux-188.8.131.52
>COPYING MAINTAINERS arch fs kernel scripts
>CREDITS Makefile block include lib security
>Documentation README crypto init mm sound
>Kbuild REPORTING-BUGS drivers ipc net usr
>bash-3.00$ cd arch
>alpha cris i386 m68k parisc s390 sparc v850
>arm frv ia64 m68knommu powerpc sh sparc64 x86_64
>arm26 h8300 m32r mips ppc sh64 um xtensa
>>And what modern *nix ports, if any, do other list members
>>use on their classic iron?
>FBOFW, modern "free" *nix ports tend to use gcc, and gcc is such
>a resource hog for anything smaller than a VAX. Even on a VAX it's
>Not on a VAX, but small and spritely, is Minix. The Amsterdam
>Compiler Kit wasn't free, though! The thought of a Unix without
>a compiler is not very well accepted in hackerdom (or, at least by
>me), even though I despise C compared to high level languages like
>SNOBOL and FOCAL.
The old distros e.g: slackware with gcc (which is OT) from the mid 90's
worked great on systems as small as 1 MB.
Just don't expect to run X or any of that other candy in one meg. You
needed 4 meg to get it up.
Jim. (remembering when one meg was HUGE.)
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