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Ok guys i'm the biggest newbie you've ever seen when it comes to linux/unix (microsoft born and bed). I'm looking for what you guys think are good tuts for installing a linux OS on a blank basic computer (486).
Now i don't wanna get into hardware wars and all the techy stuff. All i wanna achieve is get a linux OS running (I don't care wat it's called) so that i can then start learning the techy stuff after.
I'm probaly askin a bit much, but thanks for anything you can give me.
I think you have a small hd. So you need to decide which packages to install (you won't have space for all), no matter which distro you choose. In my opinon it's not a bad idea to try an old distro (for example, Slack 3.4 uses 200megs for full install). But then there might be a problem when installing some new packages (old libraries). So you must decide, if you'd like to spend much time learning about packages or learning how to upgrade your system.
You could download zipslack... It was originally meant to be used on a FAT filesystem, but in the readme files it explains in detail how to install it onto a linux native fs, like ext2 or ext3. You can find it @ slackware's website, and best of all it's a small (compared to 200mb) download @ around 35mb.
If you want to see a fully configured machine acting as a gateway with webserver, intrusion detection,firewall, ftp, windows file sharing etc go to www.clarkconnect.org and download their package. It fits on a small HDrive and once installed, you can see everything they've done to accomplish it.