Shoot me straight.

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  • winevdm

    16-bit Windows (Windows 1.x, 2.x, 3.0, 3.1, etc.) on 64-bit Windows

    A third-party replacement based on Wine code named WineVDM exists.

  • linux

    Linux kernel source tree

    It was moved to a sysctl temporarily because one of the WINE maintainers convinced Linus that there were real users who relied on that functionality (well, 16 bit protected mode, not real mode) while they sorted out the ESP, then again, and again. The commit history kinda tells the whole story. Intel (TM), writing insecure kernel patches since... inception.

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  • WASI

    WebAssembly System Interface

    There's also wasm32-wasi, is for WASI. It's what generally used outside the browser, thanks to it's standardized system APIs (implemented by the runtime, such as wasmtime)

  • rusty-dos

    A Rust skeleton for an MS-DOS program for IBM compatibles and the PC-98, including some PC-98-specific functionality

  • cosmopolitan

    build-once run-anywhere c library

    If you really want to go down the "well actually" rabbit hole on this one, there is the "comopolitan" 0 libc-replacement which has been demonstrated to work with rust 1.

  • utils

    Utility crates used in RustCrypto

    There's also cpufeatures which might suit your use case better (depending on exactly how you want to do it).

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