mac comps

Rui Ferreira ruifmferreira at
Thu Oct 17 14:48:03 PDT 2002

From: "Ian Molton" <spyro at>
Subject: Re: mac comps
> On Thu, 17 Oct 2002 21:01:53 +0000 (UTC)
> ruifmferreira at ("Rui Ferreira") wrote:
> > > Why?
> >
> >
> > Linux was initially a port of Unix to the x86 architecture, right?
> No.

>From (the third paragraph)

What is Linux?
Linux is a clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by
Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers
across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification
It has all the features you would expect in a modern fully-fledged Unix,
including true multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, demand
loading, shared copy-on-write executables, proper memory management, and
TCP/IP networking.

Linux was first developed for 32-bit x86-based PCs (386 or higher).
These days it also runs on (at least) the Compaq Alpha AXP, Sun SPARC
and UltraSPARC, Motorola 68000, PowerPC, PowerPC64, ARM, Hitachi SuperH,
IBM S/390, MIPS, HP PA-RISC, Intel IA-64, DEC VAX, AMD x86-64 and CRIS

Linux is easily portable to most general-purpose 32- or 64-bit
architectures as long as they have a paged memory management unit (PMMU)
and a port of the GNU C compiler (gcc).

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