[conspire] my old acer laptop
star at starshine.org
Sun Jan 5 16:46:37 PST 2003
Oh yeah and I forgot to mention that Tom's Rtbt has editors in it.
1 floppy, no need to install anything.
Wow, that's a nice list of tidbits. Maybe Dan will review which ones he
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On Sun, Jan 05, 2003 at 12:30:53PM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Dan (robxbob at LinuxWillBe.com):
> > Conspirators,
> > while cleaning out my closet,
> > I found an old acer laptop running windows 95.
> > It only has a floppy drive.
> > Where might I find a "tiny" linux distribution
> > which would fit on 1,2,3 or 4 floppies?
> Well, you could start here:
> You didn't mention how much disk space it has, or how much RAM.
> Probably, it has at least 8 MB, and I would hope at least 16 MB. (Less
> than that is pretty painful with Win9x.)
> If you're _determined_ to get Linux going on a machine as small as 2 MB
> of RAM and a 40 MB hard drive, see this page:
> Given enough hard disk space (e.g., 300 MB or so), you can put a fairly
> liveable Slackware installation on such a laptop, working solely from
> floppy disks. Unless they've... um..., slacked off, they still make the
> whole thing available on floppy images. For that matter, you can get
> the Debian Base System via something like 13 floppies.
> And there are some possibilities you might not have thought of, yet:
> PLIP is a method of getting IP (and thus, NFS, http, ftp, etc.) running
> over parallel-port "laplink" cables.
> With the aid of some other existing Linux machine, you can boot a Linux
> installation floppy, get PLIP going, and then install just about any
> Linux distribution from the other machine (over the PLIP channel).
> And then, things are even easier if the Acer just happens to also have a
> PCMCIA slot, even if you don't (yet) have an ethernet card for it,
> because you can certainly borrow one for the duration of the
> installation effort.
> > It does not need to run X, just vi.
> If the laptop has at least _32 MB_, then I'd say getting X11 going is
> very worthwhile. Less than that, maybe, but you won't get tremendous
> mileage out of it. Less than 16 MB, don't bother.
> By the way, you might be able to justify adding RAM to such a machine,
> even at this late date. Call up SA Technology, http://satech.com/ ,
> and ask them how much.
> Cheers, "My file system's got no nodes!"
> Rick Moen "How does it shell?"
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