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I am 'somewhat' new to Linux. I took some courses in school and currently have a copy of Knoppix Live CD running on one machine but now that I have seen how far Linux has some graphically, I am finding that I have a few old machines that I want to install text-only versions of Linux on.
Eventually I'll work up to replacing my Win2K machine but not just yet (still got a lot of crap there to burn onto CD...).
So, I am looking for a couple of suggestions for a plain, console only distros to use on an AMD Am5x86-P75-S/32MB Ram, 1.2GB HD, Network, Sound, Floppy, CD-ROM (will test for bootability in a few moments actually<G>).
The point of this is to get my feet wet, try a few things and see how it goes. Then install a GUI version on the next bigger machine (P1 133...) and take another step.
Yeah, it is a long way of doing things but I want to know how things really work and see the differences. Besides, I need to make use of these old mahicnes any ways
I agree with the above post I would also suggest you think of a project for these boxen. I have always found it good to have a goal, as it keeps you on track with your learning process. Some possible projects could be. the ever popular firewall/gateway on a POS. (I have one of these). If you have a few bucks make an access point ( you may not have a PCI bus?), or a trim down web server (no perl/php although you can try), Caching name server
I was thinking of a firewall/router idea down the road but for this little thing, probably just a little document/textfile server. It is only 1.2GB From there I'd like to learn more aobut Servers in general.
Ok, right now it's giving me a hard time. Won't boot from CD (BIOS doesn't allow it) and boot from floppy is not terribly happy about it (this is the trial Knoppix Live CD boot at run level 2 (text only). Keep getting lots of 'boot failed: please change disks and pres a key..." ugh.
Thanks for the reply all! This iwll be a work in progress for quite soem time....be prepared for many more questions
Ok, Slack is starting to really annoy the crap out of me. Seems that I can't find a single ISO image. "we don't haev the band width, try one of the mirros" Funny...all the mirrors exactly that....mirrors...they have the same damn file saying the same damn thing.
So, <big sigh>....where can I get an ISO image of the latest version of slack?
Someon suggested not getting certain packages, any suggestions on how to compile/get your own 'package set'?
Err...never mind...gave Bittorrent a second chance...it actually works this time. We'll see how the ISO DL/install goes
Originally posted by DragonDon
Perhaps I should take a step back and ask....how do you define mount points in fdisk?
Does anyone know of any company that makes really clear setup/installation instructions?
you must boot from the installation cd for setup to work. <edit- I see you're using floppies boot bare.i + root color.gz should work>
you don't define mount points fron fdisk - setup does that for you.
the distros with the easy setups will probably be painfully slow on the hardware you described, if they run at all.
So, I decided to setup the CD ROM...small problem....I got 2 CDROMs in the machine...an older 6x and a newer one (12x?). Guess what, it picked up the 6X...which doesn't seem to want to read the ISO image I burned at 24X.
So....I think I will have to unplug that CD-ROM and see if it picks it up.
Boy what a learning curve this is....but at least it's a learning curve.