>i searching for a distribution for my old laptop. Its a monochrome
>IBM 386/12Mhz with 2 mb RAM and 40 mb harddisk, a unidirectional
>printerport (no PLIP) and a 1,44 floppy-drive.
>Linux on this "power"-machine should be installed just for fun and
>too demonstrate some Microsh...-gurus that Linux is running on such
>a small machine.
>Any hints are welcome! ThanX!
Heh, this sounds like what I've done to my 386 laptop with 2 megs of RAM.
:) First off, go to following URL:
If you go to that page there is a 2 disk install set that can install in
896k of RAM (I think). Now, this set should get you booted. Then, compile
a minimal kernel on your main box, install it on the laptop, and you should
be fine. I'm currently running a 2.0.30 kernel on my laptop, with about
2200k of my 2600k available after the kernel boots.
Now, I have a quick suggestion for this laptop. You could use it as a
dumb serial terminal to your main Linux box. This is what I use mine for.
If you do this, you will definitely have to compile a new kernel, this one
with ELF support. Then, just copy ld.so.conf, ldconfig, and the shared
libraries you'll need, and a communications program.
Incidentally, with the minicom, a few shared libs, joe (an editor), and a
couple of other programs, I've got Linux installed in 7 megs of HD space. :)