8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086

8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086

Post by James J. Champlin, esq » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00



I read somewhere that a port of Linux was under development for the

would like to have it on the ancient 8088 dino away, as well.  Since the
'book died, I don't have a portable anymore, so, does anybody know about
the 8088 version?

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8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086

Post by Alexander Vi » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Look for ELKS (should be either on sunsite or on tsx). BTW, 8088 is 16bit.
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8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086

Post by News at IBM.NE » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00


True, but the adress bus is only 8 bit.

Kyle


>Look for ELKS (should be either on sunsite or on tsx). BTW, 8088 is 16bit.
> Al

 
 
 

8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086

Post by elementa » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00


On Sun, 11 Jan 1998 at 14:05:48, News at IBM.NET ("News at IBM.NET"

message titled 8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086:

Quote:>True, but the adress bus is only 8 bit.

Actually, the address bus is 20 bit.  The external data bus is 8 bit,
but internally it's still 16 bit (like the 8086).

>Kyle


>>Look for ELKS (should be either on sunsite or on tsx). BTW, 8088 is 16bit.
>> Al

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8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086

Post by James J. Champli » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Under what should I look? /pub/Linux/kernels/, /pub/Linux/system/,
/pub/Linux/what?  I checked under lots of dirs, but was unsuccessfull in
finding this port.  BTW, what kernel is ELKS based on?  Do you know any
specifics?  Has X been ported to it (stupid question there, I guess)?  And
what's the hardware req. and installation procedure?  If you know, please
reply, if you don't I'll just keep on lookin' and try to find some FAQs
(maybe you can point me to some).

Thanx!

James J. Champlin


> Look for ELKS (should be either on sunsite or on tsx). BTW, 8088 is 16bit.
>                                                         Al

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8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086

Post by Alexander Vi » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00


I know! But from the software (OS including) point of view it is 8086 (the
same piece of crap, i.e.).
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8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086

Post by Daniel Robert Frankl » Tue, 13 Jan 1998 04:00:00



Quote:>Under what should I look? /pub/Linux/kernels/, /pub/Linux/system/,
>/pub/Linux/what?  I checked under lots of dirs, but was unsuccessfull in
>finding this port.  BTW, what kernel is ELKS based on?  Do you know any
>specifics?  Has X been ported to it (stupid question there, I guess)?  And
>what's the hardware req. and installation procedure?  If you know, please
>reply, if you don't I'll just keep on lookin' and try to find some FAQs
>(maybe you can point me to some).

Take a look here:

http://www.linux.org.uk/ELKS-Home/index.html

I really doubt that ELKS will ever be able to run X... certainly not
XFree86. Anyway that's not really what it's designed for - more embedded
systems, 'palmtops', microcontrollers etc. I hope the project gets
completed... I have some old 286s which would be fun to bring to life once
more. Then of course one could build a parallel virtual machine of 286s ;)

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Post by pvoss.. » Wed, 14 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Funny I just visited the following urls; either should get you
started.

"http://www.linux.org.uk/ELKS-Home/index.html"
"http://epocha.pd.mcs.net/Linux8086/"

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Post by Sylvan Butl » Sun, 18 Jan 1998 04:00:00



>>Look for ELKS (should be either on sunsite or on tsx). BTW, 8088 is 16bit.


Quote:>True, but the adress bus is only 8 bit.

No, the address bus is 20 bits.  The data bus is 8 bits external to the
chip, but the internal data bus is a full 16 bits.

In either case, my 10mhz 8088 is a LOT slower than it used to be!  ;)

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Post by Alessandro Fiori » Mon, 19 Jan 1998 04:00:00


On Sun, 11 Jan 1998 14:05:48 -0600, "News at IBM.NET"


>True, but the adress bus is only 8 bit.

No, it's 20 bit. The data bus is 8 bit only.

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8/16 bit Linux for 8088/8086

Post by Leon Broo » Mon, 26 Jan 1998 04:00:00


: No, the address bus is 20 bits.  The data bus is 8 bits external to the
: chip, but the internal data bus is a full 16 bits.

: In either case, my 10mhz 8088 is a LOT slower than it used to be!  ;)

Someone ported an RC5 client to 80286-16 and then deduced that it would be
finished its first block in about 3 years. My 486DX33 takes a few hours. My
host's Pentium-200-MMX takes a few minutes.

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Having said that, can some of the publicly available (aka shareware/freeware)
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I guess I am thinking of an in-house intranet. Actually, more of a
see-if-I-can-actually-put-this-together type of project. I use the term
intranet because I am uncertain I would want to go to trouble of setting up a
local area network. What I was aiming for: Using the computer upstairs to
access the windows-based PC downstairs. What I would want to access it for, I
haven't figured that part out, yet.

I suspect this will come to involve more than I was aware of.  Maybe it would
be better to junk the two PCs.

An answer on the RAM question would help, regardless.  Thanks and a pleasant
summer season to all.

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