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Is it possible to make an OS for an old computer that's similar to DSL? Answered

I was wondering if it is possible to make an system for an old computer. And if so, what is the easiest way?


edit: i just Wikipedia-ed it. i want to make an OS similar to DSL (Damn Small Linux) but just a little more simple. and OS as in something that you would boot strait from grub or something like that. not an emulator or command prompt like CMD.


even more info: What i want to do is take an old computer (i.e. Apple 2E) and wipe it and put my own OS on it.

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orksecurity

9 years ago

I think the conclusion, from the answers we're seeing, is that you need to give us a better definition of what you mean by "terminal-like OS".

The trivial answer to "is it possible" is almost certainly "yes", unless that definition is a particularly weird one or involves something that the old machine really can't handle.

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josh1324orksecurity

Answer 9 years ago

I did give a definition of a terminal-like thing... http://www.mediafire.com/?tulmzjut1ux      its right there in the description.
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orksecurity

9 years ago

There have been (text) terminal emulators available since the early days of DOS. (Actually, since well before that.) It doesn't take a lot of processor power to push letters around on a screen; the limiting factor is usually the communications channel.


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kelseymhorksecurity

Answer 9 years ago

Who needs an emulator?  Just rip out all the gooey cruft from Real OS and boot your machine straight to terminal/command-line, the way God intended.

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kelseymh

9 years ago

Sure.  It's called Unix.  Been around since the late 1960s.  Or, if you prefer, Linux.  Install the kernel, and don't bother with any of the GUI layers on top of it.

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NachoMahma

9 years ago

.  If you mean an OS with a command line interface, then sure. Bill Gates, et al, did it with MS-DOS. Then there's AmigaDOS, Apple DOS, ProDOS, &c. Not really a project for a one-man team.