Helping my parents move, we found this piece of computer history. Doesn’t boot anymore (maybe the hard drive got damaged in the 10+ years it was off), but might try to make it work again. Wonder if it runs Linux?
The CPU is a 286 and it has 640K of RAM, so I think any kind of modern Linux (and probably any *BSD) is out of the question :D Let's see what we can do...
@gueorgui It's a handsome frame. Even if it refuses to be useful, you could likely get a SBC in there.
That's one sexy beast!
@lanodan Ha, NetBSD was my next options (it's supposed to run on everything!). I remember back in the day I could make it boot Windows 3.11 which officially it couldn't either, so not all hope is lost!
@lanodan Ohh that would be a great little experiment. If I recall correctly, Plan9 is from the same era (late 80s)
Probably not a very relevant reply but
Early 2000s i found i couldn't install Linux (or at least any distro i knew of) on a 386 laptop with only 2mb of RAM, at the time it looked like it required at least 4mb of RAM, if only during the installation process, i ended up installing MINIX instead
Although some random search/old linux documentation gives me this
This isn't really a Pentium 1, right? (With that design & a 5.25" drive..)
@ghostlevel Haha, yes, it's a 286 with a 20 MB hard drive and 640KB of RAM. I'll take a look at MINIX!!
@gueorgui For instance: Damn Small Linux (latest version: 2008) based on TinyCore requires a 486 & 16MB of ram to be installed
Oh right, i couldn't see the text of the first photo, it's a 286 ok then it makes more sense to me :)
@gueorgui not Linux, but you can likely get a version of Xenix or MINIX to run. I haven't tried it yet but I looked into it once on my 286 with 640k
I was once able to get MINIX (the old one, not the completely-different-with-the-same-name thing) to work on an 8086-based PC so it should work on a 286.
I spent a lot of time in the 90s looking for a decent Unix with memory protection that would work on a pre-386 with no success. Those processors had really weird memory addressing which broke the common model.
I have vague memories of someone trying to port Linux to pre-386 systems but I don't think it went anywhere.
Maybe OS/2 1.x?
@gueorgui that's so cool! I love its keyboard
@gueorgui Very cool. Some suggestions are here in this 8 year old thread: Current operating systems for an 80286 PC - Super User - https://superuser.com/questions/353715/current-operating-systems-for-an-80286-pc
@gueorgui ‘CPU Speed: Fast’. 😎
@amdt The very definition of 😎
@roytam1 Windows 3.1 could definitely run on this, I've had it run on it in the past!
@gueorgui It appears to be a 286. My understanding is that those cannot run Linux because they're not 32-bit and I don't think there's a 16-bit x86 port of Linux. But you can run Minix on it! I used to have a Minix 286.
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