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Happy Hollidays!

Posted 12-13-2014 at 08:02 AM by peonuser
Updated 12-25-2014 at 12:48 PM by peonuser

With a little web research squared away my issues with arch arm/x86 and the web servers. The answer was there all along, but it took some experience with arch to realize what was done.

Put old machines back to work as starter systems.
Yes Virginia, Slackware does run on a Pentium I with 256 meg ram.

# uname -a
Linux slacky 3.10.17 #2 Wed Oct 23 17:46:52 CDT 2013 i586 Pentium MMX GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
root@slacky:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 5
model : 4
model name : Pentium MMX
stepping : 3
cpu MHz : 233.886
cache size : 0 KB
fdiv_bug : no
f00f_bug : yes
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 1
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr mce cx8 mmx
bogomips : 467.77
clflush size : 32
cache_alignment : 32
address sizes : 32 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
power management:

bootfloppy ==> local web server ==> slackware site ( ==> install

Local web server needs initrd.img and bzImage in an accessible directory. Dowloaded directly from Slackware. You could use the Slackware site locations instead.

Used a pxeboot floppy to point to the web server to get the install started. Of course, you can go to to make the boot floppy. Use your own script, but this was the template to use for the script.

dhcp any
chain load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 rw printk.time=0 nomodeset SLACK_KERNEL=huge.s

Have fun!
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  1. Old Comment
    Isn't it the most absolutely wonderful thing to see an old machine, long since "forgotten" by mainstream OS vendors, brought back to life with a bang by an OS like Slackware or one of the BSD's? I really love seeing my 400 MHz UltraSPARC serving network requests on my home network.

    And Happy Holidays to you and yours as well.
    Posted 12-16-2014 at 11:52 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Merry Christmas Back At You rocket357 and peonuser.

    Eggnog season is my favorite time of the year for this 6 foot 7 inch frame.
    Posted 12-18-2014 at 08:49 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 12-18-2014 at 08:51 PM by rokytnji
  3. Old Comment
    Yep. Netbsd will install a system from floppies with the help of the internet!
    Merry Xmas.....
    Posted 12-21-2014 at 11:23 PM by peonuser peonuser is offline


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