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Old 07-20-2006, 03:34 PM   #1
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Question Looking for distro for laptop with 8MB ram

I have a CTX EZBook 700 series laptop with only 8MB of ram, a floppy disk controler, 2 pcmcia slots and 2 GB of HD storage. I would like to know what distros are out there that would be best for this kind of setup.

1. Is is possible to run X Windows with only 8MB ram?
2. I have a pcmcia usb 2.0 controler and a pcmcia linksys wifi card, will these newer cards work on a laptop like this?

Thanks in advance,
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Here are a couple of ideas.
Zipslack (can run x)

I could not determine the type of PC card slot in the laptop so I do not know if new cards will work or not.
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I once installed Slackware 7.1 on a Toshiba T1950CT (8MB RAM, 200MB HDD), so I think that may work for you too. Did not run X though, but I'd read on some page with installation notes that it is possible with old hardware like this (but very slow!). I used the floppy installation method. It took a long time, and I had to split some files for transfer, but it worked.
I hope that helps.
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I used to run X on my Atari ST with 4MB RAM, so it certainly is possible. Just don't use X.Org or XFree86. Try and find a really tiny X server and run it in monochrome (black and white).
You may also be interested in QNX, a different OS.



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