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Old 12-17-2005, 06:11 AM   #1
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Can I run any Linux on my IBM PC PS2 Model 30


I'm such a NEWBIE that I don't even know if this is the right place to ask this question so be genital if I'm in the wrong place. I have an old 386 with 640K RAM and 60MB memory. I would like to load LINUX on it to play with and learn. If I blow up the system, who cares. I haven't even to it it's the 21st century yet. I would like some recommendations please..
 
Old 12-17-2005, 06:27 AM   #2
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I have an old 386 with 640K RAM and 60MB memory.
Assuming your general expertise level based on this statement ... forget it. Get a PC capable of running GUI and a good newbie distro (Ubuntu?). I'd say at least 500 MHz CPU with at least 128 MB of RAM.
In case you really want run GNU/Linux on this machine add some RAM (if I recall correctly FP RAM is required). Almost certainly you need to compile a custom kernel. And there is no point installing X11 on it so you are stuck with CLI. You probably could use this box as gateway/firewall (if you can find MC NIC's somewhere).
 
Old 12-17-2005, 06:29 AM   #3
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so be genital if I'm in the wrong place.
You might wanna think about editing your post .
 
Old 12-18-2005, 01:16 PM   #5
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Iím very sorry if I offended anyone it was an honest mistake and my excuse is it was early and I wasnít paying enough attention. Again, I apologize. Thank you for your responses and I gather the majority of you think Iím wasting my time if I try to use the PC to teach myself Linux. Thank you llmmix, I will research your suggestions.
 
Old 12-18-2005, 02:12 PM   #6
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Hey, go easy on yourself. A typo can happen to anybody and nobody is offended. And nobody said you are wasting time learning Linux. Just that old IBM box is too tough cookie. It has 386 CPU and most kernels nowadays do not work on it, also it has microchannel structure (instead of ISA or PCI) and this is an additional obstacle.
 
Old 01-02-2006, 10:55 AM   #7
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Thank you for explaining it to me and I think I can get my hands on a 7 year old PC, which I will try to use.
 
  


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