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Old 01-03-2004, 11:12 PM   #1
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Unhappy Installing linux on a low ram computer

I recently got into linux and bought my own version of redhat to install on my old computers. Everything has been going fine until i tried to install on my laptop with only 16 MB of ram. I have been getting errors that iI do not have enough ram, but I read in a book that you can install on as low as a 4mb of ram computer(however you are limited).Do any of you know of a linux os that can install with this small memory and where I could download it or buy it.

sry if this is in the wrong section ,im new at this!
Old 01-03-2004, 11:22 PM   #2
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An older version of Red Hat will 6 or 7. Basically the newer version of GNOME and KDE will not run on 16MB of ram. There are plenty of window managers that will such as Fluxbox, Window Maker, icewm, fvwm, etc.

If you want something more up to date Slackware of Debian should work.

Look at various distro websites and see their requirements
Old 01-03-2004, 11:23 PM   #3
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4mb is for a bare minimum system. if u install a fat, full-blown distro like RH with X, KDE, GNOME and the kitchen sink, expect as least 64MB. try something like damnsmalllinux (google for url) or build your own from source and strip of uncessary fat.

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Old 01-04-2004, 04:43 AM   #4
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vector linux could also be a viable solution. run it with a low-fat window manager such as fluxbox or icewm. I have run it on a box with 8mb of ram with a window manager rather than a n all out desktop and it was ok.
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Most distros like Slackware, offer a low mem kernel. You should be ok with 16, 4mb is really pushing your luck.
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Took me a day to remember the name, but I have heard people mention Deli Linux as worth a try.
Also, depending on the size of the hard drive, a console only install would run fine on 16MB RAM. You would have to do more than a default install to do this.
Good Luck.
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