Installing Xenix 286 on Qemu 0.14.0

For all the 286 fans, which… I never understand, good news, it turns out that using the same method for installing Xenix 386 works on Qemu 0.14.0!

Booting up a kernel on a 1.2MB floppy disk image I get this:

Notice that the device is fd096ds15, which then corresponds to 2,52 for the major minor. Armed with this information you can install happily. And enjoy your segmentation, and SMLH memory models. Ugh.

I still say the 80286 was the worst thing to mainstream IT.

So I’ll leave you with this gem, from tenox..

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What is there to tell? I’ve loved UNIX like things since I was first exposed to QNX in highschool (we had the Unisys ICONS!), and spent the better time of my teenage years trying to get my own UNIX… I should have bought Coherent in retrospect.. Anyways latched onto Linux in 1992, and then got some old BSD admin books and have been hooked on the VAX BSD & other big/ancient things since…!

4 thoughts on “Installing Xenix 286 on Qemu 0.14.0

  1. Yea, it is unfortunate that the 286 was released in early 1982, which was months after the introduction of the IBM PC. Of course MS screwing up the protected mode transition on the DOS/Windows/OS/2 side not only with the 286 but also with the later 386 certainly don’t help either (FYI I have a private email thread with MichalN and Larry Osterman of MS about that one).

    • heh I can remember when they came out, a college kid up the road had one, and I’d trade him stuff.. He was lucky, I know he had VGA, I forget how much ram, but he couldn’t figure out how/what to do with it… I still had a c64, I didn’t start to piece together my 286 until . … 1990? Its been too long that is all I remember.

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