> > what are the system requirements to run Linux? I've heard they are
> > pretty low. I want to install Linux on a 486 DX2 66 Mhz with 16 megs of
> > RAM and about 800 megs of harddisk space. Will this work?
> Yes, but very slowly and very limited-ly. You will almost definitely
> not be able to run X on that PC, because it's too slow, has too little
> ram, and dosen't have enough hard drive space for all the X apps you
> may want to use.
au contraire... this hardware is perfectly usable. the first machine
i ever installed linux on was a 486DX2 with 16MB of RAM and an 850 MB
harddrive. this was around the time of slackware version 2 i think
(mid '95) when i had to use 50+ floppies 'cause i didn't even have a
cdrom. never mind my friend's machine that was a 386 with i think
12MB ram and 300MB hard drive. and yes both of us were able to run X.
obviously neither system was particularly fast (kernel compiles took a
good 30-40 minutes on my old machine). but with a lightweight window
manager like fvwm, a minimal install, and a bit of patience older
hardware will do just fine for things like writing code, surfing the
web, mail servers, or just playing around. go find an old version of
redhat or slackware and you will be surprised by how little resources
you need to make a very usable system. today's versions are full of
bloated (but nice) GUI environments, and current computers with their
copious amounts of ram, disk, and cpu cycles have spoiled us ;)
waltz at vivaldi dot gmu dot edu