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Old 03-08-2004, 05:18 PM   #1
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kinda good linux for a 486


where can I find a fairly light version of linux to install on a 486 with 32 mb of ram and 512mb of hard disk space ?
 
Old 03-08-2004, 05:22 PM   #2
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Probably Slackware, Debian, or Gentoo. Gentoo takes quite a bit of time to install though, even on a fast system.

Oh, I just came across an interesting site you might want to look at: Mini Distros

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Old 03-09-2004, 10:12 AM   #3
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I have Slackware 3.4 (I think kernel 2.0.12) working with XF86 and an old version of IceWM on a 486 SX/25 Compaq Contura notebook with 12MB of RAM and 120MB HD (8MB partitioned as swap). I had to install it from floppies which took forever. Try to make sure all of your hardware is from the same era if you're going "back in time" with regard to kernel versions and distros cuz obviously nobody supports hardware which don't exist yet.
 
Old 03-14-2004, 07:11 PM   #4
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I feel like going for slackware 3.4. Anymore sugestions?
 
Old 03-14-2004, 11:10 PM   #5
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upgrade the kernel when you get it installed.


Good luck
 
Old 03-14-2004, 11:12 PM   #6
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try damnsmalllinux from http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/ its only 50MB and has a GUI...nice

plus it has plenty of forums on ppl who use it on a 486 like u
 
Old 03-14-2004, 11:13 PM   #7
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oh yeah but keep it in the 2.0 series unless you're feeling adventurous, but keep it incremental... try 2.0.(latest) then 2.2.(latest) etc....
 
  


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