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Jock924491 05-05-2011 02:59 AM

What is the Minimum System Requirements for Puppy Linux 5.2.5?
 
I have a really old computer with a Intel 8088 processor. I was trying to put a Linux OS on it so i tried Puppy Linux 5.2.5 and it didn't go in. So it made me curious, what is the Minimum System Requirements for Puppy Linux 5.2.5?

TobiSGD 05-05-2011 03:17 AM

You will never get any Linux to run on that machine. Linux was written with the 80386 and 80486 in mind, nowadays it even won't run on the 386.
I couldn't find the requirements for Puppy 5, but found them for Puppy 4, it needs at least a 500MHz CPU and 128 MB RAM.

Larry Webb 05-05-2011 04:27 AM

The smallest I can think of with a minimal gui is Tiny Core and it requires 10 meg of memory and I doubt if your old system has a max 2 meg.

TobiSGD 05-05-2011 04:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Larry Webb (Post 4347147)
The smallest I can think of with a minimal gui is Tiny Core and it requires 10 meg of memory and I doubt if your old system has a max 2 meg.

Even if it would have enough RAM, Linux would never run on an 8088 CPU.

DavidMcCann 05-05-2011 12:21 PM

The only thing that will run on an 8088 is what it was originally sold with: DOS. You can get FreeDOS and install it for a genuine 80s experience.

Mr. Bill 05-05-2011 10:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TobiSGD (Post 4347149)
Even if it would have enough RAM, Linux would never run on an 8088 CPU.

A trip down memory lane. :)

FWIW, the 8088 had a maximum access capacity of 640K RAM, but yes, DOS is the only thing that will run on it, and IIRC, v3.25 was the last version written for that architecture. v4.0 was designed for the 80286.

TobiSGD 05-05-2011 11:11 PM

I had no problems to run DOS 6.22 on my old Commodore PC20 (with 8088 running astonishing 10MHz) back in time, when I remember correctly.

The 8088 had an address range of 1MB, the 640KB limit was a limitation of the OS.

Mr. Bill 05-05-2011 11:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TobiSGD (Post 4347983)
I had no problems to run DOS 6.22 on my old Commodore PC20 (with 8088 running astonishing 10MHz) back in time, when I remember correctly.

The 8088 had an address range of 1MB, the 640KB limit was a limitation of the OS.

I guess I stand corrected. I was judging by what was on the market. My last 8088 machine was a Commodore Colt. It was my very first that even had a hard drive. It, too, only had 640K RAM installed, and it came with DOS v3.25. My 286 came with 4.0, and my 486DX2 with 6.1. From there I upgraded to a PI with Win95...

dilbert_uk 08-16-2011 03:25 AM

I had once a QNX floppy with a simple browser and file manager for the i386. The QNX web page claims that was a similar floppy for the 8088, too.


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