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Old 07-20-2005, 10:58 AM   #1
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Linux & Win lilke Mac & DOS in Quadra610

Hello All!
I was wandering if anyone has thought if it will be possible to install a linux OS and windows OS in the same computer and with two processors run them at the same time and sharing memory so you can make copy in windows and then make paste in linux and viceversa.

If it was possible 12 years ago with Macintosh quadra 610 why not today with any dual system?

For thouse who don't know Apple launched a model in 1993 Called Quadra 610PC which has tow processors: one Motorola 6040 (for Running MacOS) and an Intel 486SX (for running DOS) and both operative systems can run at the same time and you can select and copy some text in one of them and then paste in the other you can change from one operative system to the other inthe same way you change from one virtual tty to another

I hope some one will know anything about it, its only a curiosity, but it could be very usefull in some places (like my lab)

txino !.!.
Old 07-20-2005, 02:23 PM   #2
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This is an interesting bit of trivia. I used one of these quadras as a server for an elementary school that I was tech coordinator for-not the dual version, but the server version. It worked very nicely.

With the advent of inexpensive seperate boxes and dependable ethernet, I don't think you're going to find this implemented anywhere.

just my $.02
Old 07-20-2005, 02:46 PM   #3
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Hmm. . . from your description, it sounds to me like maybe this computer had some piece of software that allowed DOS to run on the other processor, but it had to work some special "software magic" to make it work. Kinda like those "virtual PC" programs, but running on a separate processor. . . Did you have to boot into MacOS to install DOS, or could you run DOS setup at boot time?
Old 07-20-2005, 04:51 PM   #4
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Check out Virtual PC, VMWare, XEN, QEMU to start.


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