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      ELKS was started in 1995 by Alan Cox, back when there were still tons of pre-386 Intel machines around. It’s amazing it has persisted this long (although without Cox’s involvement in over 20 years)!

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        I was not aware of that.

        What is a little odd to me is that ELKS seems to treat the x86 world as having 2 discontinuous steps:

        XT class kit (the 8086 and 8088, and if you’re going to be very inclusive, the NEC V20 and V30 and so on).

        1. 16-bit, segmented architecture, no memory management, 1MB address space.

        2. And x86-32.

        Whereas actually there are 3:

        1. XT-class: 8088/8086.

        2. AT-class: 80286 and clones, 16-bit, 16GB RAM, protect mode, reasonably capable Unix machines in the 1980s.

        3. And x86-32.

        ELKS for ’286 could work.

        ELKS for 8088 I am amazed does anything at all.