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Maybe thats an understatement. I have a very old laptop, its a micron, with a 2.1gb hard drive, no usb port and only 640kb of ram. It originaly came with windows 95 and i figured if it can run that i can run a very small linux. I was thinking of going with dsl but maybe something that could run from the hard drive would be better?
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Damn Small Linux comes to mind, my Ubuntu install takes up little room on my computer, but my old computer is significantly better. Don't know much about Linux though.
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640k RAM? That's gotta be a mistake... my old 33MHz 386 had 4MB...

From the DamnSmallLinux website:
"Run light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram"

Does it at least have that?
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I have to say DSL...it's only like 50-100MB
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Slax. Its an extremely portable version of slackware, but much easier.

http://www.slax.org/
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post #6 of 9
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I messed up lol, it says system memory 640kb but extended memory 79MB, and i didnt realize that that was megabytes, so im guessing extended memory means ram. Is it possible to make DSL boot from the hard drive?
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post #7 of 9
Taken from SLAX website:
Quote:
Medium

either IDE connected CDROM (to boot from the CD)
or USB FlashDisk (to boot from the mass storage device)
or maybe some harddisk (to boot SLAX from the disk)

BIOS

either non-emulation booting enabled (to boot from the CD)
or USB FlashDrive booting enabled (to boot from the mass storage device)

Memory

36 MB to boot slax.
96 MB to run Xwindow with fluxbox
144 MB to run Xwindow with KDE
328 MB to be able to use copy2ram cheatcode

Processor

i486 or better, Pentium or AMD are both OK.

Peripheral devices

some keyboard
PS/2 or USB connected mouse (required for Xwindow only)
serial (COM) mouse is not automatically recognized, but can be used

Harddisk

No harddisk is required

EDIT: Yes, DSL boots well from a hard drive. Taken from DamnSmallLinux website: (Yeah, I'm a content thief)
Quote:
Notes on doing a Damn Small Linux install

Before you get started remember that you are installing DSL at your own risk. I would still call this install experimental, so back up your data first!
How to install:
1. Create a app. 250-300MB Linux partition with cfdisk or fdisk (e.g. /dev/hda1, /dev/sda2)
2. Boot into DSL by using you CD and enter the terminal.
3. Execute "dsl-hdinstall" by typing "sudo -u root dsl-hdinstall" (without the quotes)
and enter the just created partition (e.g. /dev/hda1, /dev/sda2)
This will make a ext2 file system and copies the CD contents to it.
A couple of specific changes are made after that (see end of script)
4. Execute "mkliloboot" by typing "sudo -u root mkliloboot" (without the quotes)
Enter the partition that your install is on. This will create an "initrd" with the needed modules and will setup "LILO".

Setup is now done.

With that old laptop, you may need to make a boot floppy... since it probably has a floppy...
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post #8 of 9
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Ok, i got dsl installed on the hdd and everything is fine so far but the only communications port it has is for a network card! I do have a spare one but thats for another day.
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post #9 of 9
I'd go with Slax or Slackware if you wanted to install it.
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