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Retrocomputing

AOSC OS/Retro - An Introduction

An Ongoing Quest for the Possibility of Modern Linux on Vintage Hardware
D.retro
Mingcong Bai
<p>In this presentation, I will share our community's ongoing exploration of running modern and "standard" Linux distributions on vintage hardware - AOSC OS/Retro. AOSC OS/Retro, as an official branch of AOSC OS (the modern-device-facing mainline), runs a generally similar feature set - systemd, Glibc/Binutils/GCC/Coreutils/Util-Linux, X.org/Mesa, etc. and shares the same source tree with the latter.</p> <p>With over a year of spending our spare time on the project, tweaking features, designing a desktop experience, and optimising compiler flags, we have a usable distribution that could run on systems as slow as a 486SX, and as fast as "modern" Core Duo systems. We also have an active effort to port AOSC OS/Retro across multiple architectures, with the tally currently standing at eight architectures - and counting (alpha, armv4, armv6hf, armv7hf, i486, loongson2f, powerpc, ppc64). We still have a long list of issues to solve, such as login delays and throttled I/O on ISA-based systems. I hope to gather feedback and criticism through this presentation.</p>
What is AOSC OS (self introduction)? What is AOSC OS/Retro (and how it differs from AOSC OS)? Design Goals and Self-Afflicted Agonies Application Stack and Software Selection End Results (so far) Thoughts, Reflections, and Questions Q&amp;A

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