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Old 05-20-2004, 05:51 PM   #1
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386 laptop, how to install linux

As I was cleaning up the cabinets in the office I work in, I found an old 386 laptop with windows 3.1 on it. I was just going to throw it away, but it came to my mind that perhaps it would be possible to install linux on it, and start learning basic linux. it doesn't have a cd-rom, only a floppy drive, its HD is 200 MB. and it has 2MB ram. DOS works fine which is why installing linux came to mind. my problem is that I have no clue where to download a linux version that will fit on floppy disks, and then give me instructions to install it on this laptop. can anybody help me??

Old 05-20-2004, 06:21 PM   #2
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Slackware has a kernel designed for lomem machines, 4 Mb usually. Don't know if 2Mb will work. Can you upgrade the memory at all?

Also, checkout floppix at It's a nice learning distro that fits on two floppies, but requires at least a 486DX with a 3.5" floppy and 16Mb RAM.



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