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Old 05-11-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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Install with little-no net access?

I had an ancient PC given to me a few months back. It's got an AMD K6-2 (unsure of the speed as it's roughly 200 miles away) and 32MB RAM, which I quickly doubled.

I'm going to install some form of Linux on it in the coming weeks. At first I thought I would try Gentoo, but that would require me to either download everything at 56k and then sneakernet it over into the other room or download everything in chunks from the library, which is ~10 minutes round-trip.

As I've already got the LFS Live-CD burnt, I thought I would just use that. I've got two questions first, though.

1> Does anyone have any info on how much, if any, of a base system would require a net connection?

2> What kind of compile times can I expect on a ~10 year old system?
Old 05-11-2009, 10:17 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by tphillips View Post
I'm going to install some form of Linux on it in the coming weeks.
Don't even waste your time trying to install Gentoo or LFS on that relic. Go with Damn Small Linux.

It would be very hard to get a 2.6 kernel running in such a small amount of RAM.
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Thanks for the reply. I was going to try DSL anyway. I tried it on a slightly better rig but it didn't fare too well. I'll probably settle for that or one of the floppy distros I've found.

Thanks to dxq, also.

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Old 05-11-2009, 10:45 PM   #4
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Gentoo has a Universal CD that you can do a networkless install ... but you are pushing it with 32MB ram.

I did a Gentoo install on a Pentium 266MHz with 96MB ram ... it took me three days to get a system running with X Windows.

I would go for a Distro precompiled for systems with low specs ... DSL, Puppy, Vector ... etc.


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