Gentoo Linux on a 486 PC in 2018

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Published on January 6, 2018 by vidi
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It is possible to run modern software on a 486 PC!!! You can skip to 11:39 when the boot completes.

00:00 to 00:46 – BIOS
00:46 to 11:39 – Bootup. It takes almost 11mins to bootup!

11:39 to 21:43 – Bootup complete: Full Demo!

11:39 to 13:14 – System specs, IP info and ALSA mixer
13:14 to 15:00 – Playing music via Sound Blaster 16
15:00 to 17:25 – SSH while playing (stuttering) music in the background. With AlsaMixer adjusting volume.
17:25 to 17:48 – Opening a webpage hosted by nginx.
18:10 to 20:13 – Git clone a repo.
20:13 to 21:13 – Using Python 3.6.3
21:13 to 21:43 – Cleanup and issue shutdown command

21:43 to End – Shutdown. It takes 5.5 mins to shutdown!

Software Demoed:
Linux Kernel 4.14.8 (Dec 2017)
Git 2.13.6 (Sept 2017)
Python 3.6.3 (Oct 2017)
SSH
Alsa

Specifications:
* IBM PS/1 Consultant 2133 19C (released in 1993)
* AMD 5X86 486-clone running at 133mhz (similar performance to Pentium 75Mhz)
* Cirrus Logic VLB CL-GD5424 Graphics 512KiB VRAM
* 64MB SDRAM
* 48x IDE CD ROM Drive
* Gotek 1.44MB floppy emulator
* CF-IDE adapter
* 10Mbps 3Com Etherlink III 3c509B (ISA)
* Sound Blaster 16 CT2950 PnP (ISA)

See more details here:

https://github.com/yeokm1/gentoo-on-486

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