What is ELKS?
ELKS is a project providing a Linux-like OS for systems based on the Intel IA16 architecture (16-bit processors: 8086, 8088, 80188, 80186, 80286, NEC V20, V30 and compatibles). Such systems are ancient computers (IBM-PC XT / AT and clones) as well as more recent SBCs, SoCs, and FPGAs.
Watch ELKS in action
- ELKS, a 16-bit no-MMU Linux on Amstrad PC 2086 (thanks @pawoswm-arm)
- Booting ELKS on an old 286 MB from 1,44MB floppy (thanks @xrayer)
- Epson PC Portable Q150A / Equity LT (Nec V30 8086 - 1989) (thanks Alejandro)
A full set of disk images are available for download, for you to try out ELKS: Downloads.
How to build
Full build instructions are here.
Help on how to use ELKS, as well as technical tutorials, are available on our Wiki.
More information is in the Documentation folder: Index of ELKS Documentation.
Questions? Problems? Patches? Open an issue on the ELKS GitHub project!