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Old 12-17-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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New LQ member running Ubuntu etc

Not exactly a newbie but don't keep up with everything as well as I could. Installed my first BSD Unix on a VAX780 back in the early 80's. Been tinkering ever since. I enjoy breathing new life into old junk. Am running Ubuntu 8.04 server on a Dell Latitude laptop and in the process of finding something that will run on an even older 64MB MMX-based machine.
Old 12-21-2010, 10:51 AM   #2
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:16 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ
Lately there have been lot of new joinies with lot of Unix exp behind them who should have been here long ago.
Anyhow, TinyCore or DSL could be used on 64 meg machine.
Old 12-22-2010, 06:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome.
I made a note of DSL but settled in on Tinycore. It runs fine on the old MMX with room to spare but I'm having some trouble getting it to recognize my hda partitions. TC recognized a previously created partition but ran out of room installing grub and the kernel. I blew that away and created some new partitions using TC's fdisk and it won't recognize those. It's fun hacking though. I'm retired with nothing to do and all day to do it. Nice not having deadlines!
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Welcome, asquaredancer.

I remember back in the BBS days when I used to use the Blue Wave to download and read messages from my favorite BBS's, when taglines were all the rage, one of the popular taglines was, "My other computer is a VAX." Nice to meet someone whose other computer actually was a VAX.

I was recently playing with TinyCore on Virtual Box. I followed the instructions on their website to cfdisk /dev/hda; it seemed to work, but didn't.

Since my HDD is SATA, I'm going to try again with cfdisk /dev/sda and see what happens, but I haven't gotten a round tuit.

I got distracted making Windows XP run in Virtual Box, since I have a copy and like having IE available for testing my website and just because I could.
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Ha ha, thanks for the comment. I also got distracted today and turned my old ugly Dell Latitude running Ubuntu into a nice digital picture frame. Wife's happy. Not sure I can do that with TC on the older MMX with 'only' 64M ram. Another retired computer engineer (from Univac) and I were reminiscing a couple of nights ago about when 256Mb was only available on a Univac 1100 to the fabulously wealthy clients. Our whole campus was run with an IBM360 with a mere 256kb ram (and a meg of 'low speed core'). My 'other computers' included a number of Data General minis, a KIM-1, and a Radio Shack CoCo.

I'm still struggling with making TinyCore persistent on my 64M MMX with 40M hda but I managed to get it all going pretty well on this Inspiron 1200 and a 1G pen drive last night. I'll give it another shot after the Holidays.


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