Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Mar 2012 22:13 UTC, submitted by kragil
Linux "It is common to see newbies asking in microcontroller forums if they can run Linux on their puny little 8-bit micro. The results are usually laughter. It is also common to see, in Linux forums, asked what the minimum specs for Linux are. The common answer is that it requires a 32-bit architecture and an MMU and at least a megabyte of ram to fit the kernel. This project aims to (and succeeds in) shatter(ing) these notions. The board you see on the right is based on an ATmega1284p. I've made one with an ATmega644a as well, with equal success. This board features no other processor and boots Linux 2.6.34. In fact, it can even bring up a full Ubuntu stack, including (if you have the time) X and gnome."
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Pretty neat
by PhilPotter on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 09:57 UTC
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I think this is pretty neat personally - yes it's true it isn't very productive, but then again that's why computing is such an interesting field, because people can do things just for the hell of it. Not understanding all the negativity myself, this is a cool project by a clearly talented individual.

With my own sega master system emulator nearing completion (and equally non-productive), I think it's great that people are still playing around with 8-bit microcontrollers :-D

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