Linux on a 486?

Some guy decided to see if he could get a modern Linux distribution to run on an old IBM PS/1. This seemed like a stupid idea to me and after I read the article, I still thought it was a stupid idea.

A Science Project: “Make the 486 Great Again!” – Modern Linux in an ancient PC

The guy was at least smart enough to know if he had to compile it from source it was going to take 3 weeks on that old piece of garbage, so he compiled the source on a modern ThinkPad. He got this abomination up and running, but the poor bastard of a system takes 12 minutes to boot.

Other sites have been discussing this because apparently this is important because this computer is not vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in modern Intel CPU’s. When I heard this I thought, “WOW, lets do something stupid for an even stupider reason, I am so bereft of useful things to do that I can totally spend a couple of days doing stupid things for stupid reasons.” . Seriously folks, if you need a computer that is not vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown, then go buy a Raspberry Pi and build a Linux desktop out of that.

Why Raspberry Pi isn’t vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown

A Raspberry Pi will pretty much suck as a desktop as well, but it will be better than a 25 year old 486 by several magnitudes.

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