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Old 01-28-2003, 08:21 PM   #1
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looking for a tiny distro

I have a 486 with 32mb RAM and a 125mb HDD. I'm looking for a Distro that is 120mbs or smaller and easy to install ( me being a linux newbie). All of the documents it's going to be using are across the network, so the system can take over the whole drive (such as it is) so long as it can get to them.
At the moment I'm looking into ZipSlack, but I'm finding it hard to install. Sugestions?
Old 01-29-2003, 04:06 AM   #2
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Are you posting in this forum with the idea that you want to build an LFS for that machine? A basic LFS will easily be able to run on that machine but it's gonna be tight with that amount of harddisk space. You might even want to illimintate some packages from the basic book which you don't need. In any case you will need a lot more space to build it so you should probably build it on a faster machine and take into account that you build everything for a 486.

If you are just looking for a small distribution then you should probably go over to and find a suitable one. You might also want to post questions like this in the general distro forum if it isn't specific to LFS.
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If you have a cdrom drive you could try KNOPPIX
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moved: doesn't seem to be LFS related and more suitable in just the distribution forum. try to post your questions in the appropiate forums please.
Old 01-29-2003, 12:28 PM   #5
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You can try JAILBAIT from this page
or Mulinux from this one once installed they are difficult to configurate because "everything is somewhere else..."
The easiest would be Slackware 7.0 or earlier can transfer the a serie to floppies and install strictly what you need.... then again choosing only what is necessary ou can get X running etc.....go and read on the book and install help pages
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I use ZipSlack. It is not hard if you read the directions, the FAQ and then follow precisely what they say. X can be added later by installing the x series plus either gtk, kde or gnome (whatever its called in your version. I use ZipSlack 7.1 because I use it on very old hardware, but any bios and motherboard newer than 2000 should handle ZipSlack 9.0 and/or BigSlack (it's called the amazing "Live bootdisk" or something now) very well.
Read your docs and try again. Remember, it only works on FAT partitions not NTFS.
Old 05-08-2003, 10:27 AM   #7
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Small disk distros

Look for mini/floppy distros here
Old 05-08-2003, 11:55 AM   #8
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I suggest Debian. A standard install is less than 200 MB! And you can strip it down pretty much ...
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A Really "tiny" distro is trinux Linux:
This distribution comes on two floppy disks and is often used as a router.

Anyway, zipslack is not just a "tiny" distro. It is a distro that runs on top of umsdos. Very few of the above can do that. Sometimes it is a royal pain what with the long filenames and all, but it can be a great diagnostic tool if your Windows system ever crashes.

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