[BBC-Micro] OT PC architecture

Tony Noble tony.noble at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 09:57:06 GMT 2010


On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 1:38 AM, Rick Murray <rick at rs432.net> wrote:

>
> I wonder how Unixen worked pre-386? I know a lot of modern Linux-likes
> won't run on earlier hardware, however the concept predates the
> introduction of the 386. Was any sort of Unix released for earlier x86s?
>

Indeed there was: Xenix.  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenix ).  Released
by, of all people, Microsoft, and later sold to everybody's favourite bad
guy - SCO.

It ran on 8088s onwards.  I have a full set of manuals that I inherited for
it somewhere, though no installation disks.

Tony
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