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Installing Linux On a 386 Laptop 260

Posted by timothy
from the for-the-modern-luddite dept.
An anonymous reader writes with a link to Hack A Day's step-by-step guide to installing Linux on a 386 laptop, which looks like a nice rainy-day project, as long as you are a stubborn hardware collector. It gets complicated, though, because 386 support has long since disappeared from most mainstream distros, which is why the writer went with Debian 1.3.1.
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Installing Linux On a 386 Laptop

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  • by hal2814 (725639) on Saturday August 13, 2011 @01:14PM (#37080220)
    You're confusing the 386 with the 486. Neither the 386SX nor the 386DX had a built-in math coprocessor. The math coprocessor didn't even exist yet when the 386DX (originally just called the 386) was launched. The difference between 386SX and 386DX was that the former only had a 16-bit data bus while the latter had a 32-bit one. The difference between the 486SX and 486DX was the DX's inclusion of a math coprocessor. The SX of each was the lesser processor but for different reasons.
  • by eclectro (227083) on Saturday August 13, 2011 @02:21PM (#37080522)

    >Considering that the 80386 was in production until late 2007 for embedded systems, I'd imagine it has.

    And why this might be quite relevant despite the some of the disparaging remarks in the comments here.

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