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Old 05-05-2011, 02:59 AM   #1
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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?
 
Old 05-05-2011, 03:17 AM   #2
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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.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 04:27 AM   #3
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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.

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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.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 12:21 PM   #5
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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...
 
Old 08-16-2011, 03:25 AM   #9
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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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