Installing Linux into a 286 laptop from the year 1989


Ever wondered what useful things you could do with a 32 year old laptop? Well, this is one option:

In this project I added a Raspberry PI Zero to the insides of the laptop. Both are connected via a serial link and can exchange data via it. You could use this for several applications:

  • Using the 286 with a terminal emulator as an interface to the Linux of the Raspberry PI. This way you can do the typical Linux shell stuff on a retro machine. With this you are quite far up on the hipster level 🙂
  • Connecting the DOS on the 286 to the Internet
  • Transferring files to the DOS filesystem

Terminal emulator

On the 286 side you need to install MS-DOS Kermit:

On the Raspberry side there is nothing to do. So this is really easy to setup.

Connecting DOS to the internet

The setup needed for…

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