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I just inherited a lovely, vintage 486 laptop with an 80 meg HD and 12 megs of ram.  I was thinking about installing a distro on it with a word processor and a python compiler and use it for writing, coding, maybe some text gaming.  It's currently running windows 95.

But i can't seem to find a distribution small enough to install on my HD, let alone one that will leave some free HD space.  Advice?
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http://www.realtime-info.be/encyc/rtlinux/EmbeddedLinux/TinyLinux.htm

See if you can find something interesting there.
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You might wish to have a look at some of the distros that are run from a CD drive:

Knoppix and Bootable Business Card Linux

but I suspect that they may be a little bif for the specs available.

You could try minilinux:

http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/historic-linux/distributions/mini-linux/INDEX.html

Monkey Linux should also fit:

http://sunsite.bilkent.edu.tr/pub/linux/monkey/

(Complete with gcc, so you should be able to compile python?)

Basic Linux:

http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/opsys/linux/baslinux/

Have a look here for other ideas - Try Damn Small Linux (Runs of a CD):

http://bengross.com/smallunix.html

Alternatively, you could try one of the older versions of the mainstream software, provided that the machine is not likely to be a production system, e.g. RH archives are here:

ftp://ftp.mirror.ac.uk/sites/ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/   (try 6.2)

or try from the centralised mirror index:

http://www.redhat.com/download/mirror.html

The earlier versions use a LOT LESS resources!
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Minilinux was just what I was looking for.  Thanks paullamhkg.
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