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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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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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