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#1 [pat]

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 04:04 PM

any ideas on a distro that will run smoothly on a 486 w/ 16 megs of ram?

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 04:41 PM

try some old slackware versio, like 3 or 4...

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 06:25 PM

yeah a distro like slackware(any version) will work fine in console but forget about X.

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 06:48 PM

not any version, 9.0 needs i think 32 megs and to compile anything in less than a YEAR you need something better than a 486, so get one of the older versions, or even better check out
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Posted 13 September 2003 - 06:56 PM

i just bought a 486DX2 66 with 4MB of ram, and im going to put Damn Small Linux on it... ill let yall know how it goes. damn small by the way is only 50 megs for a full install

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 07:01 PM

isn't DSL a run off of Knoppix? BTW, i also have DSL, but never have been able to use it...

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 07:09 PM

hey bland, didn't you say in your post about going to that garage sale that it has 8 megs of ram :unsure:

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 07:31 PM

not any version, 9.0 needs i think 32 megs and to compile anything in less than a YEAR you need something better than a 486, so get one of the older versions, or even better check out
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oh, slack 8.1 runs fine on my p166 with 16mb of ram. I haven't tried 9 yet but I will soon.

and yeah, compiling takes a while

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 08:25 PM

yeah, i said it had 8, but upon reflection, it has 4

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 09:31 PM

i have slack 9 running on a p166 wit 64 megs of ram, kde doesn't work on my 2 meg matrox grrafix card tho....fluxbox does......

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 01:00 AM

question: will x run ok with slack 4 on my 486?

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 03:07 AM

Probably, but it would be damned painful. Try Free/Net/Open BSD. I've had it run on very, very old hardware. I use to use OpenBSD on an old 486 66Mhz laptop with 24MB. It ran great.

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 03:37 AM

vooduhal: what version of freeBSD?

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 08:40 AM

also, try blackbox or fluxbox or some other light windowmanager, DO NOT try gnome or kde as they will not even start.....

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 11:18 AM

I would definalty go with one of two things

1. Like voodu said Open/Net/Free BSD, any version will work their small compact and powerfull at the same time
2. Try using a Live Evaluation. I don't know much about these since I've never personally used one, but it's like running linux without the install. No hard drive problems. Then again your 486 may not even have a cdrom (oh i remember the days...)

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 11:25 AM

Probably, but it would be damned painful. Try Free/Net/Open BSD. I've had it run on very, very old hardware. I use to use OpenBSD on an old 486 66Mhz laptop with 24MB. It ran great.

im a true bsd lamer!!! i can't even get free bsd to boot to install!
:( heard great things about it tho!

#17 hacnslash

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 11:25 AM

yeah, knoppix needs way more ram than he's got...

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 02:30 PM

I know Open can run within 4 megs of RAM and my full install (With X and everything) was like 260 megs so I don't think an install without X and extranous stuff will be too big. But X on a 486 will be tight... If not nearly impossible.

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 02:48 PM

maybe you should try a version of X that was contemporary to the 486 proccesor, who knows, it might actually work

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 05:00 PM

Actually I've got an idea that no one has thought of....


Get a new comp! :P




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