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Old 10-13-2003, 04:43 PM   #1
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Question How to upgrade slack 3.0 to somthing newer.


I just got a old Toshiba atapi CD drive working in my 80486sx (4MB ram, 860mb somthing hard disk, I have about 150MB for DOS 5.0.)
Before I installed every thing from floppys. Now that I have installed the CD drive I re-installed everything from scratch.

The reasion I am useing slack 3.0 was that slack 3.0 comes in nice little packges ready for floppys. However, now that I have installed the CD dive I would <I>like</I> to upgrade a little.

I have glanced at a few documents online on how to build linux from source (like the pocket-linux-HOWTO, tldp.org.)

Does any body know what version works best for this type of boat?


Thanks in advanced
Tim
 
Old 10-13-2003, 04:46 PM   #2
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I just rembered that I have XFree86 intalled and it worked ok with the 16 color X server. Alothow the 256 color server had <I>lots</I> of problums.
I <I>don't</I> really need X but it would be nice.
 
Old 10-13-2003, 07:04 PM   #3
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Do you want to stick with Slackware or are you open to anything? LFS sounds like a good idea in your situation.
 
Old 10-13-2003, 08:34 PM   #4
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4 mb ram... 860 meg hdd...

slack 9.1 may not like that really well, unless u are really choosy on what to install

u probably will not be able to get x running (especially the newest one) but hey, i really would not know

if u go without x, make sure i don't install any of the gui applications

i hear that slack can run on those machines, but are mainly used as dns servers or whatnot, perhaps some light office work

i do agree that lfs would be a good choice; what about gentoo?

if slack is working alright, u may just want to download packages and upgrade your existing components, especially if X is already working as it is
 
Old 10-13-2003, 08:56 PM   #5
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I would use a Slackware version supporting the 2.2.x kernel because of the amount of memory available. The last Slackware version shipping a 2.2.x kernel is 8.1. This version is still supported, so recent security fixes are available for it for the time being. The glibc version is also an issue. Newer versions need more mem than older versions. That's another reason why Slack 8.1 would be my choice on a machine like yours.

A compile-it-yourself distro like LFS or Gentoo will take a long time to install on a i486 machine.
 
Old 10-13-2003, 09:08 PM   #6
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it would be slow, but it would at least be made to be able to run on an i486, but then again, slack 8.1 is also still quite supportive of i486's

so slack 8.1 is a good choice, but i would still say something like lfs or gentoo would be best if u really want to use that machine

however, if it is not going to be used a whole lot, slack 8.1 just may work
 
Old 10-15-2003, 01:23 AM   #7
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i have slackware 9.0 running on a nec versa/m75 mhz 486 with 40 mgs ram
it runs x at 16 bits and works nicely with windowmaker
 
  


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