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    Greetings Linux hackers,

    I have found the following announcement on comp.os.linux.announce. Would
    any of you suppose that the 16-bit boot and setup code in the Linux
    kernel could be adapted to use this assembler, or will bin86 continue
    to be supported for some time to come?



    From: (Simon Tatham)
    Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.announce
    Subject: Release of NASM v0.93 - Netwide Assembler
    Followup-To: comp.os.linux.development.apps
    Date: Sat, 25 Jan 1997 10:20:49 GMT
    Organization: Trinity College, Cambridge
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    Approved: (Lars Wirzenius)
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    X-Original-Date: 23 Jan 1997 19:39:06 GMT
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    ANNOUNCE: Release of version 0.93 of the Netwide Assembler (NASM)

    NASM is an 80x86 assembler designed for portability and modularity.
    It supports a range of object file formats including Linux a.out and
    ELF, COFF, Microsoft 16-bit OBJ and Win32. It will also output plain
    binary files. Its syntax is designed to be simple and easy to
    understand, similar to Intel's but less complex. It supports
    Pentium, P6 and MMX opcodes. It includes a disassembler as well.

    Version 0.93, the first version since 0.90 to be properly announced
    (sorry everyone - things got a little chaotic), now supports a host
    of new features (notably MMX support), and contains an even larger
    number of bug fixes (notably the ability not to suffer stack
    overflows at the slightest provocation under DOS, and the ability to
    assemble the FDIVP and FDIVRP instructions the right way round).

    NASM is currently available in Unix .tar.gz format as

    and will (hopefully) at some point move to

    It's also been posted to Simtel and the Coast-to-Coast Repository in
    DOS archive form, and will shortly become available from

    ( includes source code; is binaries-only).
    Of course these files are also available from any site, such as, which mirrors, Simtel or

    If you can't get it from any of those, it's also available from my
    back-up FTP site, as

    Enjoy using NASM!
    - --
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