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My first computer was a Radio Shack Color Computer 3 - 6809-based, running OS-9 Level II. It could run 32 processes at once, due to bank-switching a whole 1 Meg of memory.

After that, I got an AT&T 3b2, also known as a Convergent Safari. This was a Motorola 68010-based desktop.

Then, I graduated to a NeXT black&white "slab". I bought a used SPARCStation IPC in 1995, and put NetBSD 0.9 on it. I ran NetBSD on the IPC and a SPARCStation 10 until 2002.

I've been using Linux since 1997, starting with a DEC Alpha-based UDB, and downgrading to a x86 PC in 2002.

I run Arch linux, on my server and my laptop.


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comment Is it possible to run the 2.4 linux kernel and RTLinux 3.2 on modern hardware?
If you find out (by experience or otherwise) could you update the question with your experience? I doubt you'll get a good answer, and that you'll have to try it yourself. Also, at one point I had a 400MHz Gateway PC that could dual boot Slackware 3.2 and 13.1, the earliest and latest Slackwares I could find at the time. My guess is that new hardware would run 2.4 just fine.
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revised How to completely detach a process
Something about baackticks kept a link on the owrd "daemonize" from being a link. Just double-quote it.
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answered How to completely detach a process
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answered Is the Unix process scheduler itself a process?
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comment What is happening while executing this command cd / | vi?
What shell (bash, zsh, etc) are you typing this command in to? What terminal emulator (xterm, rxvt, urxvt, etc)0 are you using, if any?
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answered Can a file ( such as PNG image ) wear out if transferred via SSH ( scp ) 1000s of times back and forth?
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answered Why does the location of Enviroment Variables vary that much?
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revised Why does cat x >> x loop?
added 123 characters in body
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revised Why does cat x >> x loop?
Change splice() to sendfile()
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revised Why does cat x >> x loop?
fix minor bug in syscat.c code: read() returned 0 at EOF, but the program kept looping.
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revised Why does cat x >> x loop?
Add some alternatives to a read/write/repeat cat - mmap and splice are possible on some systems.
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answered Why does cat x >> x loop?
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answered Table or list of system call failure modes?
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comment Cross-compiling Slackware: is the build order listed anywhere?
If and when you finish this, please edit your question to let everyone know where your documentation and project ended up. It sounds very interesting.
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comment When did directories stop being readable as files?
I know that reading a directory as a file worked under Unix System V in the late 80s - early 90s. It worked under SunOS. It worked under some versions of Irix. I think that going to virtual file system and allowing many underlying disk organizations means that you can't really support this efficiently.