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Old 03-06-2002, 09:25 PM   #1
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installing without cdrom or internet

im soon going to be getting an old computer that i would like to install some version of linux on, im not exactly sure what the specs are on it but im pretty sure its a 486 16mb ram, i was wondering if there were any linux distributions that can be installed via floppy disk either from ordering or a small version that could be downloaded onto a floppy disk(i only got a few days of internet access), anyone got any suggestions? im looking mainly to do programming type stuff, so i mainly need a distribution that can handle compiling C based programs, though id really appreciate being able to find any distribution that i could get on it, any help?
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sure you can, but anything other than a small distro would be a big pain, read the thread "linux installation with floppies???" on this site for more info, your best bet would be just to bite the bullet and get a second hand1x cdrom, or a 4x, another option is you can i think buy hard drives pre-loaded with some linux distributions, although expensive it would be, it might save a headache, hope this helps, cheers
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Need a bit more info. What are you planning on using it for? If its something...basic or simple there are a number of small distros availaible for various purposes come to mind FreeSCO would be a good start. If you want a full distro...well X ain't gonna run well on a 486 at all but if you have another machine you could do temporary cd surgery and put it in the 486 until you've done the install.
Old 03-07-2002, 08:23 PM   #4
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Im planning on just using it to run a MUD server and to program other C based applications, so i guess all i really need is something with a compiler, so are there some other good small distributions that would work?

i should also note that its only going to be used as a test computer, it wont be connected to the internet or a network or anything

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