I came across this site, old linux.org That has a bunch of resources for ancient Linux.
They even have a version of Linux 0.11 that can run in VMWare!
However Qemu won’t boot it, because of some issue with the IDE controller…
HD-controller reset failed: 00
Kernel panic: HD controller not ready
I’ve tried a bunch of versions of Qemu to no avail.. It may just be easier to modify the source to Linux, although that’ll require some kind of build environment capable of building early Linux… I don’t know if I’ll do it, as it’d be modifying the old software which clearly worked back in the day, but at the same point it’s behavior that is consistent with a *LOT* of versions of Qemu.
I’ll have to see, but it’d be cool to get 0.11 running under free emulators, and possibly regress back further. I see MINIX is also available on the site so it may be even possible to get 0.01 running…!