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Old 02-17-2009
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CPU & Memory Compiling Mach 3.0 Kernel


I am very new to this. I would like to compile the Mach 3.0 kernel. Can someone explain, step-by-step, how to turn all the Mach 3.0 kernel code into a single binary file that will run directly on an x86 computer?

Also, once (and if) I get it working, what software works on it? My goal is to write some simple software in C to run on it, so is there a C compiler for it, or should I cross-compile (I'm running Linux). And, if I do cross-compile, where do I get the correct libraries and so on for gcc?

If this seems like a stupid idea to you, please give me some suggestions. I'm even willing to use something other than Mach 3.0, even a non-unix kernel, if that's better. If you do think another kernel would be better, just know that I need it to be relatively small, and maybe ported to a few different architectures.

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Getting a Mach 3.0 Kernel to boot and run is a rather difficult task even if you have experience in such things. Starting from plain source code without toolchain scripts is a question of weeks - if you succeed at all.

If it has to be Carnegie Mellon's Mach 3.0 it should be way easier to use an early version of GNU/Hurd (first releases used this one). Current Hurd (maybe works better with current hardware) is based on Utah's Mach 4 (but has heavily developed).
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What about The MINIX 3 Operating System?
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