I have only recently learned a little about linux, and am considering
installing it on a crummy old pc that is running (very unstably) Win3.1.
Despite the claims that Linux was designed to run in small memory and HD
footprint, most of the posts I see seem to be about installing on 16+MB 500+HD
The machine I want to install it on is:
Intel 486 DX-25
174 MB IDE HD
4 MB RAM
Video 7 SVGA card
aftermarket SCSI adaptor
and a cheap-assed aftermarket CD
I believe that the motherboard does not have room for any more RAM (though I
haven't looked at it recently) and I'm not too sure about the reliability of
I would like to be able to run X windows, and some simple word processing and
net apps and maybe a web server and gcc if we are anywhere in the ballpark
with required HD space. I am not above adding external SCSI-HD and memory (if possible).
As I said, I might be stuck with the 4MB RAM, though. Am I SOL with X-Windows
if so? And anybody have issues with circa '92 Video 7 SVGA or VGA cards? What
is a reasonable amount of HD space for the applications I've mentioned?