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Title: Will DSL support ARM Architecture?
Post by: louijp on July 15, 2013, 09:28:39 PM
I have been using DSL on my laptop since version 3. Now I am playing with a raspberry Pi and was wondering how something like DSL would work on it.
Any hopes of a port to ARM happening?

Thank you for a great distro.


Title: Re: Will DSL support ARM Architecture?
Post by: CNK on July 16, 2013, 01:32:12 AM
Some time ago I was thinking about running DSL on an Android tablet I was given. I planned on using Qemu (http://wiki.qemu.org/) which can emulate X86 architecture on other systems. I never got around to the project, but the same approach should work (with quite a degree more ease) with a Raspberry Pi.

I did a quick search on Google and was surprised to find most people emulating a Raspberry PI on their PC using Qemu. Still, I found this forum topic on running Windows 95 (and even XP!) in the emulated environment:
http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=24972

Of course it is a very inefficient solution, but using DSL I would expect pretty decent performance all the same (though the min. requirements are slightly higher than the first versions of Win 95).

As for a proper ARM version of DSL, I don't think there is anything in the works at the moment.
EDIT- I thought I remembered a topic like this coming up before: http://damnsmalllinux.org/forums/index.php?topic=13.0


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