Which linux for 386?

Which linux for 386?

Post by kki.. » Tue, 18 Mar 1997 04:00:00



I have a 386 with 5mb of ram. Is there a version of Linux that will run on
this thing but not take up disk space. I have two drives of 70mb each.

thanks

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Which linux for 386?

Post by Nathan Han » Wed, 19 Mar 1997 04:00:00



> I have a 386 with 5mb of ram. Is there a version of Linux that will run on
> this thing but not take up disk space.

Unfortunately it will need *some* disk space. They haven't
released the Fantasy-Land-Linux distribution (yet!) :-)

Quote:> I have two drives of 70mb each.

140MB is plenty, & although you've got * all grunt on
a 386, it will work OK. Don't bother with X, and make sure
you've got about 16MB of swap. Any linux distribution will
run fine on this hardware. I recommend RedHat (mainly 'cos
of rpm) but all of the distributions are good.

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Which linux for 386?

Post by Bennett To » Wed, 19 Mar 1997 04:00:00



Quote:>I have a 386 with 5mb of ram. Is there a version of Linux that will run on
>this thing but not take up disk space. I have two drives of 70mb each.

I very happily run Linux (it's an old SLS release --- I haven't upgraded in a
_long_ time:-) on a 386SX-16 with 4MB RAM; the Linux load initially took some
10MB or so, then I started adding things on.

-Bennett

 
 
 

Which linux for 386?

Post by Roberto Alsi » Wed, 19 Mar 1997 04:00:00




>> I have a 386 with 5mb of ram. Is there a version of Linux that will run on
>> this thing but not take up disk space.

>Unfortunately it will need *some* disk space. They haven't
>released the Fantasy-Land-Linux distribution (yet!) :-)

Well... the 1-floppy DLX distribution would use no hard disk space,
except for data files the user creates. It would be as useless as they come,
but it's feasible ;-)

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Which linux for 386?

Post by Roberto_Alsina,rals.. » Wed, 19 Mar 1997 04:00:00




>> I have a 386 with 5mb of ram. Is there a version of Linux that will run on
>> this thing but not take up disk space.

>Unfortunately it will need *some* disk space. They haven't
>released the Fantasy-Land-Linux distribution (yet!) :-)

Well... the 1-floppy DLX distribution would use no hard disk space,
except for data files the user creates. It would be as useless as they come,
but it's feasible ;-)

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Which linux for 386?

Post by David M. Co » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00



>run fine on this hardware. I recommend RedHat (mainly 'cos
>of rpm) but all of the distributions are good.

You've installed Redhat on a 386 with 4mb?  Could you tell us how you did
it?

Dave Cook

 
 
 

Which linux for 386?

Post by Nathan Han » Thu, 20 Mar 1997 04:00:00




> >run fine on this hardware. I recommend RedHat (mainly 'cos
> >of rpm) but all of the distributions are good.

> You've installed Redhat on a 386 with 4mb?  Could you tell us how you did
> it?

Well, no, I've installed Slackware on a 386-33 with 4mb. But as
the difference between RedHat and Slackware is the installation
and occasionally the choice of package-foo vs package-bar, I am
pretty sure that you should pick the distribution which is easy
to manage. I recommend RedHat, for no better reason than I like
it.

If you're suggesting that the RedHat installation program can't
install on machines with 4-5MB of ram, then I'm all ears. I was
not aware of any such limitation, and so I might have given bad
advice.

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Which linux for 386?

Post by David M. Co » Fri, 21 Mar 1997 04:00:00



>If you're suggesting that the RedHat installation program can't
>install on machines with 4-5MB of ram, then I'm all ears. I was
>not aware of any such limitation, and so I might have given bad
>advice.

According to the info at www.redhat.com, you need at least 8mb to install
Redhat.  When I tried to install it on a 386/4mb the install gagged.

I also tried Debian on the same 386, and the install was agonizingly slow.

I'm a big Redhat fan (the 386 was scavenged for parts for a 486 that now runs
Redhat in 16mb), but I'd recommend Slackware for a machine with less than
8mb.

Dave Cook

 
 
 

Which linux for 386?

Post by Richard Kettlewel » Fri, 21 Mar 1997 04:00:00




>>I have a 386 with 5mb of ram. Is there a version of Linux that will
>>run on this thing but not take up disk space.

>Unfortunately it will need *some* disk space. They haven't
>released the Fantasy-Land-Linux distribution (yet!) :-)

Boot off a floppy and mount your root filesystem from somewhere else.
No hard disc required - a convenient way of turning some spare PC kit
into an X terminal.

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1. linux on 386/40

Hi,

Does anyone have LINUX up on a 386/40?
Specifically an old HP Vectra?

I was just curious about the performance of linux on this kind of machine...
a 40 mhz 386.

I'd love to hear some comments/experiences first hand...
I'm also interested in different hdw configurations and how they perform.

just drop me a note.

I'll create a summary and repost it.

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