July 27th, 2003, 09:57 PM
Nah, don't need a new CD at all.
Originally posted here by i2c
Yea like some of the members above have said single floppy disk bootable linux's distros maybe of some use to you, theres a directory on google that has some usful links in it
The only problem with the CD ones is that I think (dont quote me) that if you want to install a program you have to write a new CD each time, not excellent but not a major problem
Just make your existing HD /home and install program to ~/bin
Knoppix CD & USB pendrive - forget about owning a 'puter, just borrow other people's!
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July 28th, 2003, 12:54 AM
How about good old slackware ? I got it running on my old 486 with 80 mb hd and between 2 and 8 mb RAM worked fine, just leave out the fancy stuff.
I don't know why vampelle got negged here, but menuetOS does exist. It's an OS entirly written in assembler and because of that fast and small. It fits on a 1.4 mb diskette and has a "graphical UI with 16 M colours up to 1280x1024", altough I doubt that will work with the graphical card that works in a 486. The lower resolutions work fine. The official site is http://www.menuetos.org/, if I recall correctly.
so that's nothing fancy at all. With a second thought I think my hd was 120 mb, but it would still fit. Kernel sources have to be left out, but I thought I had enough space for a compiler. Compiling the system itself on the machine with a new (2.4. or something) kernel is not a good idea, because it would take a year or two. So the bare.i kernel that comes with slackware is good. I used slackware 8.1.
July 28th, 2003, 01:54 AM
gentoo linux is pretty small go to www.linuxiso.com.
July 28th, 2003, 07:29 PM
gentoo linux will take a few years to compile on a 486 andthere's no precompiled version for 486 (if I recall correctly)
July 28th, 2003, 07:46 PM
I took this from here : http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-x86-install.xml
To install from the build CD, you will need to have a 486+ processor and ideally at least 64 Megabytes of RAM. (Gentoo Linux has been successfully built with 64MB of RAM + 64MB of swap space, but the build process is awfully slow under those conditions.)
It seems possible if you use the stage-3, although it would be slow and take some time.
Anyway i got an old P1 here, and that one will become Gentoo nr. 3 in this house
Just my thoughts,
July 28th, 2003, 07:50 PM
it already takes awefully long on a 486 with 64 mb ram, worm wood has 4 and 64 mb swapspace, worwood has 120 mb hd, so half should be swapspace ?
July 28th, 2003, 07:55 PM
If you are gonna compile on a 486, set it up and go to sleep, go to the pub, get laid, and drive around the world three times and by the time you come back, it should be ready for you.