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Old 03-21-2004, 11:41 PM   #1
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Linux Floppy Distro For Old Computer

Hello Guys.

I need a distro of Linux that runs on an old laptop with only 4mb of Ram.

Any suggestions would be great - besides to get a new laptop :P.

Old 03-22-2004, 06:59 PM   #2
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"I need a distro of Linux that runs on an old laptop with only 4mb of Ram. "

You might take a look a Peanut Linux. You should be able to make a Peanut Linux system small enough to fit into 4mb. The critical question is probably whether the Peanut Linux installer will run in 4mb.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

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Old 03-22-2004, 07:10 PM   #3
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what exacly are you looking to do? LEAF runs from a floppy.
good luck.
Old 03-22-2004, 11:10 PM   #4
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I need a distro of Linux that runs on an old laptop with only 4mb of Ram.
Surly you joust, Mr. Quiote.
It is not impossible to run console Linux (no GUI) on low RAM. Your hard drive needs to be a decent size also.
I had Zipslack (7.1) running on a Compaq desktop (with 4MB RAM) for a short time. Newer versions require more RAM.
I do not think any current versions will work on 4MB RAM.
Peanut had a very minimal console install (actually it just unzipped) at one time, but I do not find it in their archives now.
Good Luck.
Old 12-07-2005, 09:53 AM   #5
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Yep, would agree.

How about finding a higher laptop DIM/SIM RAM chip ?
There MUST be 8 mb and 16 mb RAM chips that would fit the laptop in question SOMEWHERE.
Distros could be
even BasicLinux

Even if you have 8 MB RAM, then you could run BasicLinux from within DOS.
With 8 MB and Slackware, your best bet would be to make and use a 16MB swap partition and NOT set up and use X.
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Basic Linux, Search google for "minimal linux distro" or "floppy based linux distro".


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