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Old 08-18-2002, 12:16 PM   #1
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Question Best Linux to run on i386 laptop with 500mb hd and 16mb ram


Subject is self explaining.

Just intrested as I'm planning to buy one with few euros...
 
Old 08-18-2002, 12:59 PM   #2
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I had a 60 mhz 486 Toshiba laptop with exactly that size hard drive and amount of memory. It worked great with Linux. I don't think I tried anything on it but Slackware. The console worked great, WindowMaker was even pretty snappy. In general, any Linux distro should do as long as you use the text based installer. I'm imagining the X-based graphical ones might make short work of that 16 megs.
 
Old 08-18-2002, 05:10 PM   #3
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I suggest Slack. But maybe don't install the newest one, get one of the older ones (less programs, easier to fit into 500megs...) and upgrade what you need.
 
Old 08-18-2002, 06:52 PM   #4
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My vote would be for Slack, aswell.

If you're not too keen on the idea of running X on a 386 w 16Mb of ram, then you could look at TinyX. I've never tried it, but I've read of some successes with it.

Just thought I'd drop that in.
 
Old 08-19-2002, 08:49 AM   #5
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I can use konsole only based distros, so what for core? Peanut Linux is lightweight, i've heard, but how about compatibility with older hardware? And does wine follow with it? How about installing? It doesn't have cd-rom drive...

As X, ive tought BlackBox. Easy to use and smaller than win 3.11 (I think)
 
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Hardware compatibility? Hard to say. You must check how is it with this model. Search groups.google.com.
Installation. If it does have a nic, you can use network install (by nfs, ftp or http). If not, I suggest Slack because of its floppy install (but you'll need a ton of floppies or a machine you can create them).
 
Old 08-19-2002, 03:04 PM   #7
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I'm not sure, but I am still quite certain that even machines of that age have ability of using null-modem cable.
If, somehow, I manage to get touch on our 2nd computer straight from BIOS (it doesn't have os readily) and boot from there (I should ask seller is that comps bios abel to do that) my desktop pc's cdrom... it could be easy.

The more difficult way:
Take some 1 floppy Linux, copy necessary files to HD thru null-modem, parition hd, install from HD, erase .img. Voila!
 
  


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