16bit code generation

Austin English austinenglish at gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 11:52:45 CDT 2009

On Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 5:34 PM, King InuYasha <ngompa13 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 5:46 AM, Tijl Coosemans <tijl at ulyssis.org> wrote:
>> On Sunday 22 March 2009 04:00:16 Austin English wrote:
>> > Wine supports 16 bit apps, just not as well as 32-bit. Dan had an
>> > intern work on a 16 bit test suite
>> > (http://code.google.com/p/win16test/), which can be used to test 16
>> > bit support, fwiw.
>> Yes, this is what I meant to refer to. AFAIK this test suite isn't part
>> of Wine because it needs Open Watcom. Now it seems gcc could be used
>> (perhaps with some help from winegcc).
>> There's more at http://sourceware.org/binutils/docs/as/i386_002d16bit.html
> What is wrong with OpenWatcom? It is an open source development toolchain,
> with experimental linux binaries, yes, but they do work the last time I
> checked (which was when 1.8 release came out).

It's not widely available, it's license is not open enough for many
distros (ArchLinux has it available, and there's an initial Gentoo
ebuild according to their wiki), but Fedora/Suse/Ubuntu don't have it

It's also not known how well it works under Linux. There was talk
about detecting if a user has it installed, then compiling 16 bit code
in that case, but no one's worked to see if OpenWatcom works when
ran/installed natively.


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