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Old 06-07-2009, 04:34 PM   #1
marli
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Distro for 64mb tosh.


Hi I need a distro, I have tried 22 distros so far.
the reqirements are:
1)it will boot/install on to a toshiba 3480ct with 64mb with CDROM drive only.
2)it will have ssh server or be able to install it form the depositary.
3)it will have samba or be able to install it form the depositary.
4)it will allow me to install an mce WM(like geexbox).
5)if it has the above on install it will not need a repostory service, but i would like one. I like apt best.

Distros i have tried
(SB means i had change boot params just to get it to boot)
(CD means that it can't detect the CDrom drive)
1)DSL - cant change front end, wierd repostary system. cant set up samba.
2)geexbox 1.1 no repo,ssh or samba
3)Xubuntu 6(SB)had to hack(for 5 days) to get it to install and boot, but does not have ssh in repo.
Ubuntu 8
Puppy linux 4
Ubuntu 7
Mint 5
Retro puppys version 1-4
freespire 2 -boots to live but cant see my hdds
gentoo 3 - boots to "checking if image is initramfs...it is" then halts?
Wolvix Cub 2 -CD
fluxbuntu - CD
geexbox1.2 - CD
Tiny me - needs hacking to install. runs very slow.
Tiny flux - needs hacking to install. runs even slower.
Delilinux - wont istall if there are no partitions,after install kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mmunt root fs on 03:01
Vector linux(SB, CD)
Debian - CD
Slax 6.1 - still testing??
Crux 2.5 - CD
 
Old 06-07-2009, 04:44 PM   #2
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Can you get more RAM in this machine? 64 MB is simply not enough to do everything you are looking for without performance issues.
 
Old 06-07-2009, 05:17 PM   #3
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WTF!!
if I could get mor ram you think i'd spend so long tring to install a distro to it????????????????
no...this is one of those SPECIAL lappys that has unique mem slot that only it and two??other take..meaning the memory is rare and expensive...
and I get this linux is better than XP bull but XP runs on this thing you know!!!
it installs
it boots
i can remote into it
i can share the drives
i can (just)run movies

so make that 23 distros, XP CURRENTLY is the best at the moment!
edit:
/rant

sorry, ive been at this project for a LONG time! I still beleive linux is great opertunity to revive old HW but...well lets see huh.

Last edited by marli; 06-07-2009 at 05:19 PM. Reason: flaming
 
Old 06-07-2009, 06:43 PM   #4
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Hi,

That attitude will get you nothing!

Instead of ranting about the number of distro you have tried an failed. You should spend the energy along with some money and invest in the memory for the laptop. That or try some Livecd from 'The Livecd List'. I also suggest that you try older versions of the distributions so you won't get into a legacy problem.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!

Btw, your lucky I even responded with the rudeness that you presented to someone who was trying to help you.
 
Old 06-07-2009, 06:52 PM   #5
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Quote:
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WTF!!
if I could get mor ram you think i'd spend so long tring to install a distro to it????????????????
no...this is one of those SPECIAL lappys that has unique mem slot that only it and two??other take..meaning the memory is rare and expensive...
and I get this linux is better than XP bull but XP runs on this thing you know!!!
it installs
it boots
i can remote into it
i can share the drives
i can (just)run movies

so make that 23 distros, XP CURRENTLY is the best at the moment!
edit:
/rant

sorry, ive been at this project for a LONG time! I still beleive linux is great opertunity to revive old HW but...well lets see huh.
Done ranting??

The 64Mb installation of WinXP leaves out a lot of features to help with performance. On 128Mb it works about as good as Win98 on 16Mb, which is barely. Linux doesn't do all that, it's straight up and honest with you- YOU NEED MORE RAM.
 
Old 06-08-2009, 11:29 AM   #6
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Sorry again, Ive spent ages on the getting VERY close with a distro or two(Geexbox,DSL,Xubuntu,tiny flux)
However running like a dog or not ...it runs...and does 2.5 out of the 3 that i want.
I cant even get near that on linux...I believe it can be done DSL/geexbox proves it is possible
It just seems to me the defination of "small disto" is the amount of data it contains not the pc it runs on!!!
whats wrong with a distro with loads of just drivers and apt.

I cant believe linux wont run on old sw
 
Old 06-08-2009, 12:03 PM   #7
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Lose the attitude, Marli, then when you've calmed down a bit, check out this helpful thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=575456

I am sure you can get a command line (or very lightweight GUI) Linux installed on your old computer IF you choose the right tool for the job. Good luck!
 
Old 06-08-2009, 02:07 PM   #8
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Marli, if interested, I have a really loRAM grub iso with Tinycore_2.0 with Dillo2, nano,
and some other minimal stuff with instructions, etc.
The cd is only 20MB, with a wallpaper and DSL themes, but it should at least let you see if it works.
You may add or delete any apps you want, Tinycore's base is 10MB, and you add apps as needed or until you run out of ram.

Best choice maybe to install Tinycore to HD ala DSL to HD.
You will have to add apps manually, but it will run at lower ram.
Try the grub.iso here and if it works ok, you can install; note that tinycore is really the new DSL and basically works the same as MyDSL does.
( http://multidistro.com/downloads/tc_...c_flavors.html )

You should also consider either Debian or Slackware with fluxbox; though there will be a learning curve with fluxbox and slack also, but that's what learning Linux is about.
 
Old 06-15-2009, 10:19 PM   #9
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Slitaz??
Didn't see it on the list.
Works for me on a machine w/ a 100 M processor and a whopping 40MB ram!
 
  


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