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Micro Core ported to the Javascript PC Emulator by Fabrice Bellard.



This is primarily a proof-of-concept. Includes the screen extension and dependencies. It also compiles a small C program on bootup in /home/tc.

That's "kool", but holy mackerel Is it ever slow! (on a six year old Dell Dimension w/dual core CPU and 512MB)

I just logged in as tc w/no password.  What will it do next?  And when?  ;D

Never mind - there's the prompt...

... Ok, that was neat.  Not terribly useful, but neat.  Running it with some pretty conky graphs along side illuminates the nature of the slowness - it maxes out the CPU -and- gets into using swap.  It does let the CPU go idle upon shutdown of the vm, but doesn't seem to free up the memory - that's probably Firefox holding on to the memory though.

That link brought my machine to it's knees. Opera memory usage
shot up to 85% and it's CPU usage went to 92%. Took a few minutes to get the tab closed and regain
control of my computer.

@daniel: nice work! when I read about jslinux a few weeks ago I already wondered, when someone will try to bring tc to it :D

@rich: better use a browser with good js performance... until opera 11 I think it was not even close to ff4/chrome ;)

If anyone has any ideas, please post! That is one of the primary reasons for my releasing this.

Firefox 4 seems to have best performance. It runs reasonably fast for me, but I have a dual E5520 @ 2.26GHz w/4GB. I have another version of the page where I added a second serial port and use it to send data to/from the Javascript. That was cool.

There are a few things missing:

* No framebuffer. You think it's slow now? Try adding graphics. :)
* No virtual network adapter. Would take some work, but possible.
* No persistent storage. This is important to me, as I'd like to create hands-on Tiny Core Tutorials.
Not terribly useful yet, but I am working on it. I added screen to give it a little more usefulness.


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