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Old 03-19-2003, 04:43 PM   #1
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Lightbulb laptops

Just as a thought, I was wondering what, if any, distro would someone ues on a very old laptop?
I have an old epson actionnote 486 slc, This is a dx486/50 slc processor with 8 MB ram and monochrome display. There is no CD-ROM drive, so I would have to create at least 2 partitions, plus swap, and install from the fat partition, with a total of 2.1GB storage. So any ideas how to go about trying this? If I can't get linux to work on this, it's no big loss, there is always windoz 95.
Ps. there is also no pcmcia or usb port.
Old 03-19-2003, 05:11 PM   #2
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Tiny linux:

No cd-rom needed, install from floppy's ! ( 10 - 14 )

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Old 03-19-2003, 05:20 PM   #3
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I know slackware can be made to work on as low as a 386 with 8 meg, so your machine should sream. :-)

Old 03-19-2003, 08:51 PM   #4
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gentoo can be a choice or dist on floppy or install from ploppy


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