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Old 10-28-2004, 11:21 AM   #1
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Linux distro for old laptop with just a floppy?


I'm looking for a small but decently tool-equipped Linux distro that I can install on an old Thinkpad 760EL. It's got a 800meg hd, 40meg of ram, and it's around a P1-100. The only media it really supports is a floppy drive. It has no CDROM or USB, and though I realise I could upgrade it somewhat, I'm really only interested in investing time and effort into it; not money. I don't mind swapping twenty floppies to get the system onto the harddrive if necessary, but I can't find a disto that matches what I'm looking for. They're all either CD based, or are so small that they run in ram on a single floppy, and have nothing to do with the harddrive. I'd like something permanent, with X support and which I can build up myself over time with additional apps.

Anybody know of a distro that might suit me?
 
Old 10-28-2004, 11:39 AM   #2
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Hey, this might be useful: http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Network-Install-HOWTO.html
 
Old 10-28-2004, 12:03 PM   #3
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Hi,
I was successfully able to do a network install, it took 4 floppies, and another host to share
the installation CDs. I believe I had to set up an export file on the host to use NFS, but it was
a great way to learn that. My learning curve works well when I have a technical challenge.

I put Slackware on a TP-560X, floppies used were;
boot
root
pcmcia.dsk
network.dsk

The network HOW-TO link in the previous reply should help you.
There is information in the Slackware Book-> http://www.slackware.com/book/
I Just wanted to let you know that I was able to do it. I hope this helps.

-CD-
 
  


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