Re: [parisc-linux] Re: [Linux-ia64] Linux, Itanium and PA/RISC

From: Christian Groessler <>
Date: 2003-03-27 04:20:10

On 03/26/2003 09:25:35 AM MST n0ano wrote:
>Well, Itanium's can sort of run any X86 software.
>As David was alluding to there are two ways you can boot an Itanium
>box, either with an IA32 kernel (a current Pentium based OS) or an
>IA64 kernel.
>If you boot an IA32 kernel the CPU will behave as an exact Pentium
>processor and execute all Pentium code.  The system will be slower
>than comparable Pentium processors but it should work exactly the
>same.  (Notice that I say `should', I've never done this, there could
>be chipset issues, I don't know of anyone who has done this but it
>should work.)

Does the ia32 emulation go that far to also emulate 16bit operation,
iow, could one boot DOS?

Received on Wed Mar 26 09:20:40 2003

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