ref: Microsoft barriers to Linux adoption on the desktop
mike.mccarty at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 15 18:07:58 UTC 2006
Guy Fraser wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-14-02 at 19:45 -0600, Mike McCarty wrote:
> Have you tried a really old version of SlackWare from around
> 1995 to see which machines it would run on?
> I didn't think so.
Oh, I forgot to answer this. Yes, I've run Slackware.
It won't run on three of my machines: an 8088, an 80286,
and an 80386 with 1MB of RAM.
> Have you ever tried LRP?
> The last version of LRP that I used had a 1.3.?? kernel, and the
> whole system fit on a single 1.4 or 1.2 MB Floppy, but required
> about 8 MB of ram, because it ran from a ram disk, no hd required.
Then it won't run on any of the same three machines I mentioned
> Do you have any version of windows that will run on an 8088 or
Yes, I do.
> The 8088 does not have a protected mode and is not suitable
> for true multitasking. The 80286 had a broken protected mode
> that was fixed in the 80386, but was still capable of limited
> protected mode operation and was minimally suitable to true
> multitasking. I had Windows 286, for my 16MHz 80286 and it
> was only a slight improvement over dosshell, I prefered
> Xtree gold over both.
It appears that you do, too. At least for the 80286.
I never ran and don't have Win 1.0, but IIRC, it ran on an 8088.
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