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Old 12-24-2011, 12:40 AM   #1
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Can Linux run on this machine?


It has 2 MB of memory and 256 MB of HDD space. It can only communicate with the outside world via floppy disk.

It's currently running DOS but I was wondering what (if any) Linux distros will be small enough to run in that ancient machine.
 
Old 12-24-2011, 12:47 AM   #2
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If DOS is running on it, there's a VERY good chance that Linux can run on it. Won't be a modern kernel though, be quite an old one.
 
Old 12-24-2011, 01:20 AM   #3
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for a machine from 1981 ( a guess ) ????
Maybe a very old IBM os2 , if you can find the 20 year old 5 In. floppies .
or dose this computer use the 8 In. floppy
 
Old 12-24-2011, 09:33 AM   #4
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will it run

It depends upon the CPU. IF you are running a 486 or later, there are distributions for you, though not many (most take 686 or later).
If you have a 386 it brings you down to only a handful of choices. If it is running a 286 or the original crippled 386 chips then you may be out of luck. There was a distro at one time for those (command line only, no gui), but I believe that it has not been maintained in 4 or 5 years and may no longer be available. My link to it has gone missing long since, or I would post it here.

If you can provide more detail on the hardware, esp the CPU, we may be able to make some targeted suggestions.
I hope this helps.
 
Old 12-24-2011, 01:33 PM   #5
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Thank you for the suggestions.

I think ELKS would work for me.


have happy holidays
 
Old 12-24-2011, 05:45 PM   #6
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I'd try the qnx floppy.
 
Old 12-24-2011, 07:12 PM   #7
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Thank you for the suggestions.

I think ELKS would work for me.


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Try lubuntu, or xubuntu. You can install by server way also for old and slow pc's.
 
Old 12-24-2011, 10:03 PM   #8
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Some time back installed Puppy Linux on what to self seemed a very old pc, the owner was happy, it enabled them do what they wanted to.
 
Old 12-24-2011, 11:33 PM   #9
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Try lubuntu, or xubuntu. You can install by server way also for old and slow pc's.
Will not work on something this old. Oldest anything *buntu will work on is 686. 586 and earlier unsupported.
 
  


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