[SATLUG] IBM 5140 Convertible

Craig sargonemail at gmail.com
Mon Jul 23 20:14:53 CDT 2012

Small ram foot print linux : http://rascalmicro.com/
Angstrum also has a "micro" distro.
Using RetroBSD would allow for 128k for Xorg vs. 64k w/ elks :

On 7/23/12, Craig <sargonemail at gmail.com> wrote:
>>On Jul 23, 2012 2:44 PM, "Bruce Dubbs" <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>Joe wrote:
>>> So, I just acquired one of these.  Its in great shape and I'd like to get
>>> a
>>> Linux or BSD (something with a c compiler) on it. ...  well,  there's no
>>> persistent storage, aside from a pair of 720kb floppies.  It's an 80c88
>>> processor with 256kb of RAM and a modem. Any recommendations?
>>DOS.  Linux never ran on anything less than a 80386.
> Bruce, IMHO, I think you need to check and see if there's a virus
> on your computer that's substituting "Windows" for Linux. :)
> Ummm... I know one can hardware upgrade an original C64 to 286 speeds,
> but Lunix does run nicely on a standard stock c64 running at 1Mhz.
> Obviously, not a stock distribution.
> But...
> http://hackaday.com/2012/04/17/emulating-arm-on-an-8-pin-avr/
> http://hackaday.com/2012/03/28/building-the-worst-linux-pc-ever/
> does allow for a "stock" linux distro running on a very slow machine.
> I think one would have an easier time buildin one's own
> 8088 laptop && porting linux to it (hardware easier to obtain)
> http://www.cs.binghamton.edu/~reckert/sbc.htm
> So, sticking to the "speedy" hardware at hand (given the above
> hardware of course :).
> General reference :
>   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Convertible
>   http://encycl.opentopia.com/term/IBM_Convertible
> Hardware specs : http://www.vintage-computer.com/ibmpcconvertible.shtml
>   4.77Mhz machine!
>   Is the modem in the expansion port, leaving the serial port open?
> Upgrade reference : http://flylib.com/books/en/
> Lots of nifty "XCSSA.org" potential here.
> Linux Terminal : http://www.sorgonet.com/8086/8088_linux_dumb_terminal/
>     If you're looking to speed things up, could do a modem or serial
>     connection to an ardruino/rasberry pi/ipad/ <insert your portable
>     computer here> with "wifi".
> Browse the web w/ dial-up using linux && lynx:
>    http://elks.sourceforge.net/ will run in 200k, leaving 64k!
>    Tiny core linux and μClinux(search on Mclinux) might fit the bill too!
>    The linux version for the ez-430 runs in 256k!
> Retro-BSD : Although, you'll have to compile/get it to run.
>    It'll only use 128k of the 256k memory!
>    Maybe, tinyx without swap?
>    http://code.google.com/p/retrobsd/wiki/About
> QNX off a floppy! : Couldn't find valid link :(
> Craig

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