LinuxQuestions.org
LinuxAnswers - the LQ Linux tutorial section.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions
User Name
Password
Linux - Distributions This forum is for Distribution specific questions.
Red Hat, Slackware, Debian, Novell, LFS, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Fedora - the list goes on and on... Note: An (*) indicates there is no official participation from that distribution here at LQ.

Notices



Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 05-04-2005, 04:09 AM   #1
tireseas
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10 & 10.1
Posts: 149

Rep: Reputation: 15
Really small distro


Greetings

I have recently been given an old Toshiba Satellite 200CS/810 notebook. It has less than 1 Gb HDD (is actually 770MB), carries 16MB EDO DRAM, and runs a Pentium 100Mhz. Having done some searching around, I found someone had managed to squeeze Vector Linux on to something like this, so I was just wondering what other distros would work on such a small machine. I would prefer X windows if possible - I enjoy Xfce which has a small footprint - and would be wanting to use it as an "experimental" machine to practice different routines that I wouldn't want to do on my workstation.
In terms of distros, I was wondering whether I could use a stripped down Slackware (the a package group for example), but I don't know how large that would come in at. I was also wondering if this wouldn't be a good opportunity to play around with a BSD system, but again don't know if any of those are small enough.

Any thoughts?
 
Old 05-04-2005, 04:50 AM   #2
Valio
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2004
Posts: 24

Rep: Reputation: 15
Re: Really small distro

Quote:
Originally posted by tireseas
Greetings

I have recently been given an old Toshiba Satellite 200CS/810 notebook. It has less than 1 Gb HDD (is actually 770MB), carries 16MB EDO DRAM, and runs a Pentium 100Mhz. Having done some searching around, I found someone had managed to squeeze Vector Linux on to something like this, so I was just wondering what other distros would work on such a small machine. I would prefer X windows if possible - I enjoy Xfce which has a small footprint - and would be wanting to use it as an "experimental" machine to practice different routines that I wouldn't want to do on my workstation.
In terms of distros, I was wondering whether I could use a stripped down Slackware (the a package group for example), but I don't know how large that would come in at. I was also wondering if this wouldn't be a good opportunity to play around with a BSD system, but again don't know if any of those are small enough.

Any thoughts?

I heard "Damn Small Linux" is good for older computers.

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/


ill hope this helps
 
Old 05-04-2005, 05:12 AM   #3
tireseas
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Slackware 10 & 10.1
Posts: 149

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Thanks for this. I'll put that on my list to explore. It looks like the CD-ROM on the Toshiba is non-bootable and it would seem that there are some work arounds for this with DSL, so it may not be such a bad choice
 
Old 05-04-2005, 08:14 AM   #4
theYinYeti
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: France
Distribution: Arch Linux
Posts: 1,897

Rep: Reputation: 61
As for the window manager, you may want to use something even smaller, like Matchbox, or Twm, or something yet smaller.
Besides, if you use X, then don't use XFree with 16MB ram. I have 32MB and really, it's the strict minimum for XFree. So use TinyX instead (I've heard it's called kdrive now, which unfortunately (google-wise) conflicts with the name of an existing KDE program...)

Yves.
 
Old 05-04-2005, 09:19 AM   #5
jtshaw
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2000
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Distribution: Ubuntu @ Home, RHEL @ Work
Posts: 3,892
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 66
Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux - Distributions and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Small Distro, a few features? xrobevansx Linux - Laptop and Netbook 9 03-14-2005 12:54 AM
Best small distro blainehilton Linux - General 3 05-22-2004 09:59 PM
small distro..... DavidTempler Linux - Newbie 1 06-04-2003 08:52 AM
Small distro? iceman47 Linux - Distributions 3 12-05-2002 10:47 AM
Small Distro simonkaos Linux - Distributions 8 05-28-2002 01:32 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:39 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration