ps/1 and 286 ... any possibilities for a minimal version of linux?

ps/1 and 286 ... any possibilities for a minimal version of linux?

Post by J. P. Montgomer » Mon, 28 May 2001 07:00:49



Is there any version of linux that will run on an old IBM PS/1 (286) ... I
believe this was a10MHz machine with ?? memory (minimal I'm sure).  This
machine has fond memories ... my (then girlfriend) wife was surprised when I
proceeded to escape from the shell that IBM supplied and get to a command
line!

I'm thinking that linux only starts with 386 architectures, so I expect this
to be null answer ... but worth a try!

Any good uses ... or just donate it to charity?

Thanks

 
 
 

ps/1 and 286 ... any possibilities for a minimal version of linux?

Post by Stuart Ciano » Mon, 28 May 2001 07:06:50


Dear Mr. Montgomery:

While the Linux kernel itself (at least on an intel platform) will only boot
on a 386, you could of course try loading Minix or ELKS onto the machine. I
don't know how useful it would be, but it would definately be interesting!

- Stu



Quote:> Is there any version of linux that will run on an old IBM PS/1 (286) ... I
> believe this was a10MHz machine with ?? memory (minimal I'm sure).  This
> machine has fond memories ... my (then girlfriend) wife was surprised when
I
> proceeded to escape from the shell that IBM supplied and get to a command
> line!

> I'm thinking that linux only starts with 386 architectures, so I expect
this
> to be null answer ... but worth a try!

> Any good uses ... or just donate it to charity?

> Thanks


 
 
 

ps/1 and 286 ... any possibilities for a minimal version of linux?

Post by J. P. Montgomer » Mon, 28 May 2001 11:44:18


Thanks ... I've heard of Minux but not ELKS ... and you're right ... I don't
know what I'll do with it even if I get a new operating system on it.  But
it will be an interesting experiment!

Thanks again.


> Dear Mr. Montgomery:

> While the Linux kernel itself (at least on an intel platform) will only
boot
> on a 386, you could of course try loading Minix or ELKS onto the machine.
I
> don't know how useful it would be, but it would definately be interesting!

> - Stu



> > Is there any version of linux that will run on an old IBM PS/1 (286) ...
I
> > believe this was a10MHz machine with ?? memory (minimal I'm sure).  This
> > machine has fond memories ... my (then girlfriend) wife was surprised
when
> I
> > proceeded to escape from the shell that IBM supplied and get to a
command
> > line!

> > I'm thinking that linux only starts with 386 architectures, so I expect
> this
> > to be null answer ... but worth a try!

> > Any good uses ... or just donate it to charity?

> > Thanks

 
 
 

ps/1 and 286 ... any possibilities for a minimal version of linux?

Post by Florian Schmid » Mon, 28 May 2001 19:26:11




> I'm thinking that linux only starts with 386 architectures, so I expect
> this to be null answer ... but worth a try!

yes, linux is a protected mode os.. so it needs at least a 386 (the 286
knows something about protected mode, but not enough)

Quote:

> Any good uses ... or just donate it to charity?

u could put minix on it..

--
florian schmidt

 
 
 

ps/1 and 286 ... any possibilities for a minimal version of linux?

Post by SammyTheSna » Mon, 28 May 2001 17:29:47



>Thanks ... I've heard of Minux but not ELKS ... and you're right ... I don't
>know what I'll do with it even if I get a new operating system on it.  But
>it will be an interesting experiment!

(minix, not minux) ELKS is the Embedded Linux Kernel Subset, you should find
it no probs by doing searches (try from linux.org and such like)
AFAIK, it's actually aimed at the 8086 rather than the 80286, but it may or
may not take advantage of the extra gubbins you get in a 286...

HTH
Cheers & God bless
SammyTheSnkae
--

Linux, Hardware & Juggling specialist :-) | job, if you can help, e-mail me :)
Wheels: bike, 'ickle bike, and unicycle.  | /o \/ Working on 3-5 ball tricks

 
 
 

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