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Old 07-18-2002, 05:22 AM   #1
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linux on a 386 laptop

a laptop that im going to try installing linux on is an ancient 386 33mhz with 2mb ram and an 81mb hard drive, any suggestions as to a distro that might work, oh it also doesnt have a cdrom or pcmcia,and no network
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You can install a Debian base system from floppies.

Old 07-18-2002, 10:44 AM   #3
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You might want to look into one of those really small distros, like TinyLinux, Peanut or something like the LOAF ( Linux on a Floppy ).
But most might be a bit picky on the amount of RAM you have, usually most Linux distros want around 8mb or more..
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thanx, ill try those suggestions

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I don't think that 2MB RAM is enough for modern distros (even those one-floppy distros need 4 or 8 MB). But older kernels work correctly with 2MB. If you can, get more RAM for the machine. If you can't, you'd need to dig for a distro (old version) running with 2 MB...
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try smalllinux

it boots in < 2mb ram


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