> Our church has a 486 with a 500 meg hard disk that was donated. All os
> have been deleted from the machine. I can't use Windows on it and while
> I could install DOS and use Dos-based Wordperfect and Lotus I'd rather
> use linux if it would be practical. My other problems are that this
> machine has no CD. I probably could install a modem but haven't got a
> browser -- I'm not sure but I might be able to find an old Dos version
> of Procom Plus but I'm not at all sure about that. I was wondering if an
> older version of linux would be a way to start. Any recommendations.
> Thanks very much.
> Dave Weitz
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> Before you buy.
Linux will work fine, including having enough room for an office
suite like Star Office or K-Office. You can get Linux installed on it
by several routes: The slackware distribution has disk images for
floppies, you can download/transfer those images to floppies on another
machine. If you can borrow a couple of NICs, you can install via NFS
from another Linux/Unix machine with the required cdrom drive and with
NFS enabled. You can also install over the parallel or serial links,
but I don't know of any distribution that sets this up for you
"automatically". You can temporarily move a CDROM into the machine for
the install. If you go this route, you need to have the CDROM set as
"slave" via the dip-switches on the drive and the HD set as "master" if
you use the same IDE port.
If the machine has small memory (say, 8 MB), you may find running
Xwindows slow. In this case, look for a small, fast GUI rather than a
pretty, elegant GUI. RAM and HD space are more of a limitation than the