Old platforms: bring out your dead

Pavel Machek pavel at ucw.cz
Fri Feb 5 04:29:58 EST 2021

On Fri 2021-02-05 09:13:03, David Laight wrote:
> > We have open-hardware implementation for 486, AFAICT, thanks to MISTer
> > project. I'm not aware of open 586 core.
> > 
> > Being able to run recent Linux on open hardware sounds fun.
> Putting a 486 on an fpga might be 'interesting'.
> But it has a lot of 'cruft' (like 286 protected mode) that
> you really don't need.
> I'd bet RISCV comes out smaller.

Well.. RISCV may be smaller, and there are open-hardware RISCV
_cores_, but not complete systems.

> Most x86 ports are actually IBM-PC ports - so you'd also have
> to sort out all the peripherals.

And that's exactly what they are doing, and what makes the project


Best regards,
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