Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

EM86 - Running Linux/x86 Binaries on Linux/Alpha

Date and Time

Wednesday, May 21, 1997 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


MIT Building 1-390 - Bechtel Lecture Hall


Jim Paradis - jrp jrp tiac net


Cross-platform compatibility


Jim Paradis returns to show us the latest developments for Linux on the Digital Alpha architecture: EM86. The Linux/Alpha team at Digital Equipment Corporation has released a developers' beta version of EM86, a Linux/x86 emulator for Linux/Alpha. EM86 is a software emulator that enables Linux/Alpha systems to run Linux/x86 software without modification. EM86 currently supports statically linked and dynamically linked x86 ELF32 binaries under Linux/Alpha. Future enhancements will include support for iBCS-2 compliant executables, improved emulator performance, and interoperation with native Alpha code. A release incorporating these features is anticipated in July, 1997. The following Linux/x86 software packages run successfully on this beta version of EM86, with some qualifications as described in the README file included in the distribution: Netscape Navigator Gold 3.01; Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0; Red Baron web browser 3.00; Applixware 4.2


  1. EM86 ftp area

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