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Why did Linux standardise on RTS/CTS flow control for serial ports

I've recently been working out how best to wire up a serial cable for a vintage plotter, and it's thrown me down the rabbit hole of RS-232. As far as I can tell, many RS-232 devices which act as DTEs (...
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Can Linux boot beyond 1023 cylinders on old BIOS?

I have a 386 with 4GB drive (7769/16/63). It's a Compaq from 1992 so it does not have any translation options in BIOS. DOS is installed on the first 1023 cylinders (essentially the maximum size it can ...
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Linux BBS software from the year 1992

What was the right name of a software platform for some Linux BBSs in the year 1992? "Galactico" if I remember well...
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Arcade/Computer Game: Alien crashed in graveyard, platform/side-scroller

I'm looking for a game which I remember playing at an arcade, probably around 1995-2000. I also think I played it (or a very similar game) on PC under Linux ~5 years ago. It's your typical platform/...
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What 386-specific features did Linux use?

There is an interesting discussion about the early days of Linux at https://www.abortretry.fail/p/the-path-to-linux that includes some of the exchanges between Torvalds and Tanenbaum. One that caught ...
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SUSE package system before adopting RPM

RPM, or RedHat Package Manager, was developed by RedHat for their flavors of Linux, though it is now used also in SUSE flavors. What was the package system in SUSE predating the adoption of RPM, and ...
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Agetty Serial Modem [closed]

Hi I have a problem with Agetty, I have an old minitel 1200/75 baud terminal, I have tried different configurations to connect with a 56k modem in v23 bell mode, the server closes the connection maybe ...
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How should I set CCGMS on my Commodore 64 to login to a Linux machine?

I have a Strikelink WiFi modem for the C64 (see here and here) and I can connect to a BBS without issues using CCGMS 2017 v4 and the following settings: Baud = 9600 Modem Type = UP9600 / EZ232 For ...
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How to send and receive messages between modern computer and Commodore 64 via WiFi? [closed]

I want to be able to connect from my Commodore 64 to a Linux Raspberry Pi. The ideal solution would be something like ssh that allows me to use the linux machine using the c64 as a terminal but the ...
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Booting from CF [closed]

I have an older computer and want to install Linux on it. I want to do this on a CF card. I have tried many things, but get a WRITE ERROR. I get the write error when I try to install Linux ubuntu-16....
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Why I can't use printk() to print string to the screen [closed]

I am trying to add some system interface made by myself to Linux-0.11 and using bochs to debug the interface.But I have found two strange things. Here is my code. #include <asm/segment.h> char ...
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How to SSH from Amiga to remote Linux host

With a new purchase coming in shortly I wanted to ask what do I need to be able to SSH to a remote host from an Amiga: Make modem work and connect to my network: https://www.ebay.com/itm/KCWIFI-PRO-...
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Why does Linux not show you an asterisk when you enter a character for a password? [closed]

I have enjoyed Linux for about two years now, but I laugh at how hard I failed when I first started my Linux journey. I would try and enter a password and then nothing would happen. I first thought ...
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Connecting a Vintage Monochrome Monitor to a Modern PC

I am considering taking my nostalgia for the eighties to the next level and getting hold of a green monochrome monitor. In particular, the nine inch monitor of the Apple IIc, but maybe something else ...
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Is there a seamless, Wine-like AmigaOS emulator for Linux, specifically for text-based programs?

After trying out FS-UAE on my Fedora Linux system, which worked quite nicely, I got to thinking. Even though when the Amiga was originally released in the middle 1980s, it was revolutionary in its ...
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VICE loads files slowly on Fedora 32 Linux [closed]

I lately wanted to try some of the Commodore 64 games I have kept as D64 files on my Fedora Linux system using VICE. I have lately upgraded the system from Fedora 26 to Fedora 32. After I started up ...
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Was there ever a Linux kernel driver for accessing disks via BIOS?

If there is some piece of PC compatible hardware where there are no (publicly) existing drivers for Linux, the only option is to access the disk with BIOS calls. I'm aware that this imposes ...
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How did Linux servers become the defacto web server? [closed]

Now I understand that Microsoft has a competing technology in the web server field with the Internet Information Services, so not every last web server is done with Linux, but how did Linux web ...
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What, if any, available older versions of Linux distributions does xroach gracefully run on?

I.e. how can I run xroach on a VM? A search on RC for xroach didn't turn anything up. xroach, as I remember it, ran under old versions of X and had a certain number of cockroaches on the root window ...
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What is the best way to run Red Hat Linux 5.1 (the original version) with more than 640x480 with with 16 colors resolution? [closed]

So appearently there's a Red Hat Linux Enterprise 5.1 and I'd just like to make it clear that I'm not trying to install that. I'm trying to install the original Red Hat Linux 5.1 from 1998 in a ...
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Should I install Gentoo i586 packages on my PC? [closed]

I've recently commenced revitalizing an HP Pavilion Slim. She's running an Intel Pentium, x86_64. I thought I'd give Gentoo a go because I've found it very appealing and as a Bedrock user I wanted to ...
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How did X talk to the video card before DRI/DRM?

The way I understand Linux history, in the early 2000s, Linux introduced the DRI/DRM mechanism and framebuffers, so userland can write to the graphics card directly. Before that, "console" linux was ...
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History of ARM Linux and FPA

ARM Linux, at least Debian was traditionally (pre eabi) built for the FPA floating point unit*. Unfortunately under old ABI it was not easily possible to mix soft-float code with FPA code. The result ...
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How to test a chat script with a uucp linux and uucp(server) unix?

I like to play with old networks, uucp is really and advanced(is from the 1978) for that time. I have setup a uucp server in a tru64 unix server. On tru64 server I have edit /etc/inetd.conf uucp ...
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What was the first Linux distribution?

I desire to know what was the very first Linux-kernel based operating system, what we can call today a "distribution" even if the term wasn't used then. The Wiki article doesn't give a clear answer, ...
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When did the Linux kernel become libre software?

In this video, Richard Stallman claimed that Linus Torvalds created Linux kernel as a proprietary software and then liberated it ('liberated' is the term Stallman used). Assuming so, when was the ...
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Was Hurd kernel created as a modification of Linux kernel?

As I know, shortly after Linus Torvalds liberated the Linux kernel it was implemented in GNU operating system which is since then known as GNU/Linux or GNU+Linux. From the GNU article in Wikipedia I ...
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Does the first version of Linux developed by Linus Torvalds have a GUI? [closed]

Does the first version of Linux developed by Linus Torvalds have a GUI (not necessarily Iconic but something simpler like Midnight Commander)?
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Refactoring Old Printer Driver for Current Linux Kernel [closed]

I have an old Lexmark 1100 printer (parallel port LPT1) that is currently working fine on Windows 98. I've tried to make it work on several current distros of Linux but, so far, none worked. Basically,...
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How do Bulletin Board Systems work? [closed]

Recently, I've been very interested in old-school bulletin board systems (BBS) from the 90s. I'm interested in building my own (mostly as just a fun challenge), but to be honest, I'm not totally sure ...
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What init system was used in early Linux distributions?

Nowadays there is quite some debate and controversy over whether Linux distributions should use systemd, GNU Shepherd etc. But all these systems are relatively new - for these examples dating back to ...
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Why does the Motorola 68000 series require a kernel to be specified during Linux installation?

When attempting to install Debian Linux 2.0 Hamm (m68k build) on a machine with a m68k (Motorola 68000) processor, I get a Kernel image must be specified error. Why must a kernel be specified to boot ...
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Setting up and using UUCP (with analog modems)

These days, of course, we have the Internet, but back in the day, there was Unix to Unix Copy - UUCP. In its heyday it was a terrific way to get email and other simple data moving across the world, ...
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Is there a way to link object files for DOS from Linux?

I'm able to use NASM to assemble simple COM files from my modern Linux computer, but how can I create a DOS EXE file while still in Linux? Specifically, I am interested in a solution that will target ...
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Since when are Linux drivers loaded as kernel modules?

I'm looking at a rather old Linux (v2.4) that has custom device drivers built into the kernel. Now I wonder since when that was done. I suppose it most be an old technique, was this the way device ...
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Why is the serial port driver named "/dev/ttyS#"?

Based on my understanding, a tty means a computer terminal/teletype, and that /dev/ttyS1 is the driver for serial port 1/COM1 (or more accurately, a driver for UART chip 1 I suppose). But I don't ...
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Which Linux or BSD distributions do still support i386, i486 or i586 CPUs?

Unfortunately Debian kicked out Pentium 1 (i586) CPU support from its 32-bit PC port (named i386 for historic circumstances) for its next stable release Debian 9 Stretch. (Then again they complain ...
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Is it possible to run Linux on a GBA SP?

I have a couple of old Game Boy Advance SP systems around somewhere, and I was wondering if it's possible to get an old version of Linux running on one. I'm just doing it for fun, and thought that it ...
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Is there a Linux client for Amiga Explorer?

I have some Amigas that I would like to be able to transfer files to/from using my primary desktop machine, a PC running Linux. My Amigas do have CrossDOS installed, but transferring things in 720K ...
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What is the oldest computer capable of running a modern version of GNU/Linux?

A bit of a trivia question: What is the oldest hardware capable of running a modern Linux-based operating system, including user-space? (Not necessarily GNU userspace, but running a standard GNU/Linux ...
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