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Embeddable Linux. The intent here is to port Linux to 8086 and 80286 processors. Why not? Xenix ran on those, and while the lack of a protected mode CPU on the 8086, and the limited powers of the 80286 make it all challenging, I had Xenix installations doing real work on 8086 machines.

The website says:


The initial proposed targets are the Intel 8086 and eventually the
286's 16-bit protected mode. A kernel that can run on this kind of
hardware is useful for embedded systems projects, for third world
deployment where 80x86 x>0 machines are not easily available, and
for use on various palmtops.
 

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