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Re: what's the killer app for GNU/Linux systems?

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On 12/02/06 09:03, Douglas Tutty wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 02, 2006 at 08:46:37AM -0500, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 01, 2006 at 09:39:35PM -0700, Nate Duehr wrote:
>>> Ron Johnson wrote:
>>>> And has *kept* them working on it, without turning it into a huge
>>>> ball of legacy crud, without forking or general worker revolution.
>>>> However he does it, he *has* done it, and that is his genius.
>>> Some might argue these days with the "ball of legacy crud" part.  :-)
>> Yet, others argue vehemently that Linux does not have enough legacy
>> support, owing particularly to Linus' unwillingness to let code for
>> extremely old hardware stick around.
> So if one finds a neat piece of old gear, say a 386 (which debian now
> doesn't support) or even 286 (which linux never supported) what
> monitarily-free (since I don't hack existing code, just write new) OS
> options are there other than DOS?
> For example, on eBay there's a very ruggedized text-only (amber!) 286
> laptop apparently still solid and as reliable as ever.  But what could I
> run on it other than DOS?  I would like to have vim, mc, minicom, ppp, ssh,
> and lpr, in addition to the coreutils and a programming language like
> python or fortran.

286?  How much RAM?  1MB maybe, 2MB at the outside?  Minix 2 (with
patches) might help you some, but only with basic Unix stuff.
*Nothing* beyond what Unix state-of-the-art circa 1980.

Me, with a 286 laptop I'd install FreeDOS and 4DOS

Remember, though, that the 386 has been out for 21 years, and (in
the US, at least) 286 desktops haven't been sold since 1990ish.

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