IIRC, BasicLinux [0] and other UMSDOS Linuxes would not boot/load with
EMM386 as they would put the CPU into V86 mode.  After such, loadlin,
et. al., could not recapture control of the CPU and reload the GDT
[1].


[0] http://distro.ibiblio.org/baslinux/
[1] http://wiki.osdev.org/GDT_Tutorial

On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 3:59 PM, Jose Antonio Senna
<jasse...@vivointernetdiscada.com.br> wrote:
>
>  On  2 january Antony Gordon said:
>  > Try Loadlin with no memory managers installed.
>
>  Good idea.  It worked.
>
>   I was using HIMEMX only, no EMM.
>   Removing the line in CONFIG.SYS much reduced available low
>  memory, but allowed Loadlin to boot Linux from DOS prompt.
>
>   Pity that is not possible to test with EMM only,
>  as JEMM386 requires a XMS manager to work.
>
>  Regards
>  JAS
>
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