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SubjectRe: Free Linux-like kernel sources for x86-64
Reminds me of something, but can't find what... Gee... Is it really that old


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> -----Message d'origine-----
> De :
> [] De la part de Dave Jones
> Envoyé : vendredi 1 avril 2005 10:00
> À :
> Objet : Free Linux-like kernel sources for x86-64
> Do you pine for the nice days of Linux-1.1, when men were men
> and wrote
> their own device drivers? Are you without a nice project and
> just dying
> to cut your teeth on a OS you can try to modify for your
> needs? Are you
> finding it frustrating when everything works on Linux? No more all-
> nighters to get a nifty program working? Then this post might be just
> for you :-)
> I'm working on a free version of a Linux-lookalike for x86-64
> computers.
> It has finally reached the stage where it's even usable
> (though may not be
> depending on what you want), and I am willing to put out the
> sources for wider
> distribution. It is just version 0.02 (+1 (very small) patch
> already), but
> I've successfully run bash/gcc/gnu-make/gnu-sed/compress etc under it.
> Sources for this pet project of mine can be found at
> The directory also contains some README-file and a couple of
> binaries to work under
> Davix[*] (bash, update and gcc, what more can you ask for :-).
> Full kernel source is provided. The system is able to
> compile "as-is" and
> has been known to work. Heh.
> Sources to the binaries (bash and gcc) can be found at the
> same place in
> /pub/software/.
> ALERT! WARNING! NOTE! These sources still need Linux to be compiled
> (and gcc-4.0, possibly 3.x, haven't tested), and you need Linux to
> set it up if you want to run it, so it is not yet a standalone system
> for those of you without Linux. I'm working on it. You also need to be
> something of a hacker to set it up (?), so for those hoping for an
> alternative to Linux-x86-64, please ignore me. It is
> currently meant for
> hackers interested in operating systems and x86-64's with
> access to Linux.
> The system needs an AT-compatible harddisk (IDE is fine) and
> you are still interested, please ftp the README/RELNOTES,
> and/or mail me
> for additional info.
> I can (well, almost) hear you asking yourselves "why?". Hurd will be
> out in a year (or two, or next month, who knows), and I've already got
> Linux. This is a program for hackers by a hacker. I've
> enjouyed doing
> it, and somebody might enjoy looking at it and even modifying it for
> their own needs. It is still small enough to understand, use and
> modify, and I'm looking forward to any comments you might have.
> I'm also interested in hearing from anybody who has written any of the
> utilities/library functions for Linux. If your efforts are freely
> distributable (under copyright or even public domain), I'd
> like to hear
> from you, so I can add them to the system. I'm using Ulrich
> Dreppers glibc
> right now (thanks for a nice and working system Uli), and
> similar works
> will be very wellcome. Your (C)'s will of course be left
> intact. Drop me
> a line if you are willing to let me use your code.
> Davej
> [*] Yes, the name sucks, but its all some other guys fault.
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