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Old 08-07-2007, 08:55 PM   #1
corona wagz
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distro for 486

Howdi im lookin for a distro for my 486, i am currently running windows 95 and i want to try something else.Could anyone recommend a distro for me, im new to linux and everything so i need one with a graphical interface.

Also i need a distro or something that i can boot from a floppy just to use a text program.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
Old 08-08-2007, 12:04 AM   #2
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distro for 486

Try puppy it run off a mini cd. about 168 Meg.
have fun
Old 08-08-2007, 12:07 AM   #3
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LXer linked to a very good review of Absolute Linux today.
Old 08-08-2007, 12:26 AM   #4
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i cant boot from cd, what do you mean rickh????
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Originally Posted by corona wagz
i cant boot from cd, what do you mean rickh????
Why can't you boot from CD?

Regardless, does this computer get online? If so, I'd do a Debian Etch Xfce Floppy/Network install. If you don't have high speed, forget it. Basically, you boot the kernel image off a couple of floppies, then if it recognizes your network connection, you download the rest of the OS. It took my PC on a 3mb connection, about an hour to do a network install.

Any limitations that computer has with Linux, will likely be memory related.

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Why can't you boot from CD?
Because it's too old to boot from a CD. In which case a boot floppy is needed.
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Vector Linux


Puppy Linux




Luit Linux

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Old 08-12-2007, 01:27 AM   #8
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Absolute is a nice distribution, rickh, but it says it requires a 586.

Deli Linux still says it will run on a 486.


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