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i have an old notebook (386sx/20 with 4mb ram and 60mb harddisk. i wanna connect with it to the internet, run a graphical interface on it and build/compile/execute my (simple) C programson it. microsoft products are (obviously) forbidden, linux is preffered. i've tried small linux but it has limited capabilities (still he uses only 4mb of HDD!) other modern linux bootdisks makes my notebook reboot on startup (during init?). maybe i should try distributions older than slack33 and rh42... anyone can help?
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by:guzu
ID: 7161453
so.
mulinux doesn't boot (see my previous question: "my netbook reboots...")
smalllinux was ok only that i can't do almost anything with it (since i didn't setup networking..) i found (on soundforge (maybe..)) some tgz's about X but the archive fails to decompress. also, if i recall ok, there's an net tgz there..
i'll try theother links..
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by:guzu
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so.
mulinux doesn't boot (see my previous question: "my netbook reboots...")
smalllinux was ok only that i can't do almost anything with it (since i didn't setup networking..) i found (on soundforge (maybe..)) some tgz's about X but the archive fails to decompress. also, if i recall ok, there's an net tgz there..
i'll try theother links..
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by:guzu
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so.
mulinux doesn't boot (see my previous question: "my netbook reboots...")
smalllinux was ok only that i can't do almost anything with it (since i didn't setup networking..) i found (on soundforge (maybe..)) some tgz's about X but the archive fails to decompress. also, if i recall ok, there's an net tgz there..
i'll try theother links..
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by:guzu
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trinux is gone and also the 4mblaptops. monkey looks very good. i'll ask you more...
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by:ahoffmann
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damn, life is short in internet ...
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by:guzu
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monkey linux is maybe ok, but it requires fat! i don't like that, maybe i'll try debian bo...
pocket linux is for embedded dev, isn't it?
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by:ahoffmann
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only tried trinux and mylinux once on i386
don't have further experiance, sorry.
Feel free to ask more question, probably I can help just out of brain ...
But you need to tell details, for obvious reason.
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by:guzu
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so. i start installing "bo" debian. installing is like slack (text based interface). partitioning was like this:
12megs swap, 4megs temporary root, 46megs target root. all was ok until configuring base system where it crashes for unknown reason. i was looking for two possible reasons : the swap too low (unlikely), and my accus are going empty and there's a place where my harddisk doesn't work anymore even if the display/processor/fdd is still up and running. at second try, the accus gone really empty, so i stopped. i'll tell you more later.still i have doubts that, even if installation works, xserver can fit on 40 megs...
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have seen a tiny X-Server which fits (compressed) on a single floppy. Think it was at trinux ...
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by:pjedmond
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Tiny Linux:

http://tiny.seul.org/en/app.html

Almost fulfills the requirements above (i386+, 8 MB RAM, 50 MB + gcc)..giving 10MB spare to add a tiny X-Server and documents:

Worth looking here:

http://directory.google.com/Top/Computers/Software/Operating_Systems/Linux/Distributions/Tiny/?tc=1

But none of the distributions I could find have gcc, and an X-server and run on a 386 with 4MB of RAM.



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