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    SubjectRe: Linux on 16-bit processors
    try elks:

    the economics aren't really there as far as I can tell given the cost of
    embeded 386 and 486 class cpu's to say nothing of tiny powerpc and arm


    On Wed, 19 Mar 2003 wrote:

    > I'm interested on running Linux on some less powerful, cheaper 16 bit
    > systems. I would like to know if there is a slimmed down version of the kernel (any
    > version 2.2+) that can run on 16-bit CPUs. I know that linux "requires" a
    > 32-bit CPU, but I know that it has run on less. I'm interested in any arch -
    > really.
    > I can't seem to find a slimmed down version of the kernel. Any projects out
    > there? Something with decent performance would be cool too. :o)
    > I'm not apart of the list, so if you could pleace CC: any replies to this
    > e-mail ( that would be great.
    > I asked before at a local user group (southflorida embedded user group)..
    > and this is what info they got me. I just cut-n-pasted.
    > <cut>
    > To: Mick Weiss
    > From: "" <>
    > glad to help. you have interesting research.
    > Most handhelds these days are 32 bit processors, even pagers. Mostly some
    > ARM variant especially Intel StrongArm.
    > The main obstacle to running Linux on smaller (cheaper) CPUs seems to be an
    > MMU which Linux and most Unixes expect. For a Linux work alike, some RTOS's
    > will have various POSIX layers corresponding to standard C library,
    > real-time facilities, threads, and shell utilities. So if an application
    > uses POSIX compliant calls, it can move from *ix to one of these operating
    > systems.
    > Most *Ix work alikes Lynx, and QNX claim POSIX compliance. Likewise
    > embedded RTOSes like Red Hat eCos, rtxc, mentor ati nucleus, vrtx, vxworks
    > etc.
    > Even Microsoft supports many of these POSIX interfaces as do other non Unix
    > OS's like Digital (now HP) VMS, IBM MVS, IBM VM etc
    > Original Message:
    > -----------------
    > From:
    > Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 14:39:45 +0100 (MET)
    > To:
    > Subject:
    > Lineo supports processors in the following specific architectures:
    > 32 bit with memory management
    > 32 bit without memory management
    > 16 bit/ 16 bit DSP
    > 8 bit processor/ 8 bit controller
    > and uclinux is a whopping $200 (its whopping when your just messing with it
    > on your spare time ;), plus I'm not sure how its licenced (GPL?).
    > ----
    > after searching I found a few things on RTLinux and linux on handhelds, but
    > -- oh well I'll keep looking (its only for myself, no business reasons, so
    > its not important)
    > miniRTL (after porting it) may be a good design to work from, I'll just have
    > to see.
    > Thanks Wil for all the info, It definitly sounds cool. I am looking into it
    > right now.
    > See you at the next meeting,
    > - Mick

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