[Spridgets] Bloody computers

Jim Johnson bmwwxman at gmail.com
Tue Jun 3 10:26:55 MDT 2008

On 6/3/08, Dean Hedin <dlh2001 at comcast.net> wrote:
> I think you mean Symmetric  Multiprocessing
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symmetric_multiprocessing

Nope:   See:

> I'm also old
> > enough to have used Slackware back in the olden days!!  I ran it on an
> old
> > IBM with an 8088 cpu and 640K RAM on the mother board!  How times change!

The GNU project began back in the mid 80s I think. You are correct that
Volkerding released Slackware 1.0 in 1993 but its for-runners SLS and MINIX
were already in use on the 16 bit architecture (pre-x86) of the time. I
started with MINIX - many parts o which eventually became components of
Slackware 1.0.

FWIW, my first desktop was an early 8008 homebrew back in the late 70s. I
still remember the excitement when I got my 8" floppy disk drive!!  Finally
I could store code on something other than paper tape!
Jim - 68 "Spridget" in Dodge City
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