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Old 10-16-2003, 03:46 PM   #1
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Linux for computer with 1 mb of ram.


IS there any linux distro that will boot in about 1-2 mbs of ram. The computer has windows 3.1 and I would like to take it off.

The computer is not mine. It is not used and I would like to put linux on it to maybe do something with it.

DON't tell me just to throw it out!
 
Old 10-16-2003, 03:55 PM   #2
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hmm dont think so most need 4 mb min i think like gray cat linux ...
 
Old 10-16-2003, 04:00 PM   #3
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how did windows get running on it? Could I create a swap space?

Maybe could I buy some old memory from ebay because it is a 386.

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Old 10-16-2003, 05:19 PM   #4
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An older distro version would probably work and or yeah, cheap memory upgrade to get it up past 4 Megs of ram. Most likely its using EDO RAM and finding that would be easy and cheap.

No newer distro will probably install, but maybe an older version of Slackware or Redhat would work, maybe like Redhat 5.2 or 6.0 or Slackware 3.5...

Don't install X on it though, not worth your time...
 
Old 10-16-2003, 05:43 PM   #5
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Quote:
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No newer distro will probably install, but maybe an older version of Slackware or Redhat would work, maybe like Redhat 5.2 or 6.0 or Slackware 3.5...
i wouldnt try one of those there are some distros like grey cat linux or what it was which comes with x but runs on a 4mb ram pc smoothly and also has netscape and so on ...
 
Old 10-16-2003, 07:49 PM   #6
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Where can I buy memory for it. It's 15 years old. I don't want to run X on it.
 
Old 10-17-2003, 05:00 AM   #7
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www.ebay.com
hmm ok even better if you dont want to run x then it goes much more smoothly
 
Old 10-17-2003, 02:13 PM   #8
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Damn small Linux will probably do. It's a 50mb download.
 
Old 10-18-2003, 06:02 PM   #9
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i dont think that damn small would help to much in this. it may be small on your hard drive, but with X windows and all its probably going to be to demanding for such a small ammount of ram.

i think trickykid hit the nail right on the head when he said to get an old version of slackware. slack has a reputation for being highly configurable and for being undemanding.

check the TLDP page on this subject
 
Old 10-18-2003, 08:58 PM   #10
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To get Unix-like functions, perhaps Minix?
http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/minix.html
 
Old 10-18-2003, 10:27 PM   #11
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minix .... hmmm, this is why i like forums, anyone can benifit from someone else's questions...
 
  


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