<div>I should have said, ** I ** wouldn't have reasonably expected unix to run on an 8088 at the time (System V booted with 512K on a 286 but "vi temp" hung so I had to expand memory). At the time I was unaware of any versions besides Berkeley and AT&T. Now of course even IBM can boot linux on a wrist-watch (but the power supply is ungainly). At the time 8-bit word seemed inadequate; I could not find a way to buy quantity one 3B2 from Ma, so motorolla (
e.g. Fortune 32:16 nice box in '83 made me want a unix workstation for home) and intel 286 seemed like only options I could find. But I didn't know about usenet back then.</div>
<div>When was Minix ported to 8088? Some people kept PDP11s running for a pretty long time :-)</div>
<div><span class="gmail_quote">On 4/9/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">Tony Travis</b> <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:</span>
<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="PADDING-LEFT: 1ex; MARGIN: 0px 0px 0px 0.8ex; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid">Peter St. John wrote:<br>> Well, I could run unix with all 1536K, but not MS/PCDOS 3.2. So call it<br>> a software issue of failing to work around the hardware issue. Obviously
<br>> the hardware was not a show-stopper.<br>><br>> But it was the 286 I did this on, not the earlier 8088, which I don't<br>> think could reasonably have been expected to run unix; but the original<br>> comment regarded the 80286.
<br><br>Hello, Peter.<br><br>People have very short memories! Minix runs fine on an 8088:<br><br> <a href="http://www.neonbox.org/minix_laptop/index.html">http://www.neonbox.org/minix_laptop/index.html</a><br><br>I replaced a pdp11/34 running Unix version 7 with an 8086 running Minix!
<br><br>Hmm... I wonder if anyone remembers Amoeba?<br><br> Tony.<br>--<br>Dr. A.J.Travis, | mailto:<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a><br>Rowett Research Institute, |
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