View Full Version : KA9Q NOS on Propeller?

12-08-2009, 02:36 AM
Linux may not be the best fit for Propeller for many reasons, but I bet KA9Q could work (a linux predecessor).
Have a look here: Phil Karn's KA9Q NOS (http://www.ka9q.net/code/ka9qnos)

Most likely one could build this with a C89 based compiler ... not an inline function in sight :)

This was the beginning of the code base we used at in 1992 to connect Home PC Modem users to the Internet.
One link points to the ucsd ftp server that has all kinds of goodies for Retro fans ... even BSD tarballs.

KA9Q NOS Features:

* Filesystem support
* TCPIP Socket based Ethernet support
* Many Serial Device types
* Small memory footprint

If one could chop it down to the kernel, filesystem, and shell, you might squeeze it into < 512KB.
I don't have time to look at it much now, but thought others may be interested to know about it.

Opinions? Bill, RossH, heater, BradC, ImageCraft, etc...


Edit: Fixed link.

Post Edited (jazzed) : 12/7/2009 8:02:39 PM GMT

12-08-2009, 02:38 AM
Reserved ... just in case

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
12-08-2009, 02:48 AM
Your link is invalid.


12-08-2009, 02:49 AM


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12-08-2009, 02:53 AM
I used to use it for amateur packet radio, and Demon Internet, my first ISP, supplied a version of it running under MSDOS for Internet access.

BTW, that URL should be:

www.ka9q.net/code/ka9qnos/ (http://www.ka9q.net/code/ka9qnos/)

I'm not sure if it should be called a Linux predecessor, it isn't really an operating system.


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12-08-2009, 02:53 AM
Looks like a job for Catalina. Must poke around in it a bit.

For me, the past is not over yet.

Bill Henning
12-08-2009, 03:18 AM
Looks interesting - but frankly, I am too busy to do anything with it (PropellerBasic, LAS, Largos, Morpheus drivers, upcoming products <grin>, consulting)...

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