View Full Version : Linux on this best?

27-02-2004, 07:17 PM
just got an good old 4mb ram 1mb video card 200mb HDD (It had windows 3.1
but know it got reformated) and I want to run linux on it and use it as a NET WORK HUB and back up server (ill put like a 60Gig in to it) so will linux ram on this "BEST" or not?

27-02-2004, 07:18 PM
Wops bad spelling
"beast" I think ***

27-02-2004, 07:19 PM
hehe... if you can find a linux distro that'll work on it, go ahead.

but somehow i dont think it'll like a 60gb hd ]:)

27-02-2004, 07:48 PM
good luck even getting a basic linux kernel on it.

Quite frankly, it is a computer for the bin.

27-02-2004, 07:56 PM
there will be a distro for it, finding it is another matter

but yes. it is a computer for teh bin. its too slow for anything and chances are if yit'll die soon

put 95 on it. its teh only thing it'll take

27-02-2004, 08:11 PM
Windos 95 on a hole 4MB!!! YAY! ...

27-02-2004, 08:12 PM
Ohh and this ant going in the bin in like 4 days im getting 4 more MB's of RAM! then windows 95 is all mine!

Dolby Digital
27-02-2004, 09:05 PM
But what is the cpu?

27-02-2004, 10:38 PM
486 DX im talking ollddd school

28-02-2004, 03:37 AM
Well, I used to run windows 95 on alesser beast than that, 4MB is fairly simple, 2 MB is quite a struggle (!)
Peanut Linux from about 1999 will run easily enough on that box - even a dual OS setup. It is rather minimal though, but well documented - I learned to get it in to life (having never tried Linux before) with just the documentation in the distro.

Have fun, and with 8MB - - good stuff :-)

28-02-2004, 03:51 AM
Hmmm - possibly due to the hour of the day perhaps,
I didn't find the copies of the early releases as easily
as I used to, but you could try here. (http://www.ibiblio.org/peanut/download.htm)
A younger, more awake brain should have no trouble.


28-02-2004, 05:21 AM
Megaman and ilikelinux>

Both of you should know by now that there are many uses for a 486 other than <quote>"The bin"</quote>

Vector Linux will run on that box, not with a GUI with only 4MB RAM though (Well.. It'd be dog slow, but its Xfce 3.x so it's your best bet).

Not much change of getting anything over 8 gig in that baby either sorry...

Hope this helps


28-02-2004, 08:01 AM
He's a thought may not be practical tho mind you.

Could try a CD based Lixux if you have a CD drive in your machine.
Knoppix KDE 3.1 or there's Lindows OS 4.0 that runs off CD also.

28-02-2004, 08:26 AM
well provided it can take a new modem, it could act as a proxy.

try peanut linux, vector linux will work, but slowly

28-02-2004, 02:15 PM
Yea I have konpix (or was it knopix?) on a boot cd but the cd linux needs somthing like 32mb ram min or somthing

but remember 486 make good key rings

and 6Gig well....

Ill try Peanut Linux


28-02-2004, 02:16 PM
Oh I only have a 200mb HDD and Peanut linux is (340 Mb) I think

Graham L
28-02-2004, 02:40 PM
A 486 DX2-66 runs nicely. Just don't put a GUI on it. The minumum memory I've had working (apart from Elks) is 6MB. (That's 4MB on board and a 2MB ISA card). It's still working -- a 386SX20 with 40MB disk. That's got Slackware with 2.0.9 kernel.

A server should have a bit more memory ... the more the better ... for buffers. 32 MB would be a good start. I've got one running like that and it handles DNS, FTP, and a documentation collection.

Just don't use one of the modern user-fiendly distributions. I gave up trying to convince RH7.2 to install on a 350MB disk ... it kept loading Emacs and all the interpreters after I told it not to. :_| I actually loaded some of the Slackware floppy images onto an 8mm tape and installed from the tape.

28-02-2004, 02:51 PM
Hi Hitman,

As Chill suggested check out Vector Linux (http://www.vectorlinux.com) and another alternative is Monkey Linux (http://sunsite.bilkent.edu.tr/pub/linux/monkey/docs/english.htm). Both of these are very small and will run a minimalist linux.

Obviously KDE and Gnome GUI's are out of the question with only 8MB RAM :)

28-02-2004, 05:01 PM
You could try freesco. http://www.freesco.info/ Runs off floppy no hdd required.

28-02-2004, 05:08 PM
Also muLinux could be the go also - http://members.xoom.virgilio.it/ozma/mulinux/