NEWSFLASH! Linux ported to Commodore VIC-20!!

Thu, 10 Sep 98 15:06:05 PST


The Linux kernel development team announced today that they have
succesfully ported Linux to the Commodore VIC-20, a popular personal
computer from the 1980s. The entire project, a brainstrom of kernel
hacker Alan Cox, was done in secret until today's announcement. "Linux
is truly the most scalable OS," claimed Cox.

The VIC-20, a 32 kilobyte machine that plugs into a television for a
monitor, was a unique challenge for the team. Linus Torvalds, Linux
founder and kernel development leader, told us that the hardest part
was "porting all that C code to Basic. The two languages are very
different, you know." Torvalds also shared, "It was difficult to find
time for the project with my regular work and all my recent
interviews, but it was worth it just to see linux emulating the Vic 20
ON a Vic 20."

Alan Cox echoed these sentiments, and added, "The best part of this
project is that now we have a cassette tape driver for linux. That's
something really usefull, and Microsoft doesn't have it yet!"

Microsoft Windows NT 5.0 project manager Jim Allchin belittled the
development. "Windows NT 5.0 will also run on the VIC-20, when it is
released in 2002." Allchin then refused further comment.

Could this be the beginning of Linux for the masses? A C=64 port
cannot be that far off. Torvalds confirmed, "Yes, the C=64 version is
almost ready, and should be in in the 2.2 kernel."


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