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07-04-2001, 03:23 PM
I would like to install linux onto my old 486. However i cannot seem to find a small version that will fit on floppy (my 486 has no cd-rom drive), but I would also like a windows emulator type thing (such as x-windows) - can anyone tell me where to find a version such as this.

Thanks

07-04-2001, 06:27 PM
As far as I'm aware, it would be completely impossible to install Linux without the aid of a CDROM drive (unless you manually install the boot image, kernel modules, LILO, initscripts, etc.). However, you should be able to get a second hand 2X drive from the local scrap yard for little more than $20.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to run X on a 486 unless you have heaps of RAM (i.e. 128Mb). I think a motherboard transplant may be in order. You'll also need to find a Video card with 1Mb of RAM, preferably 2Mb. If you do go ahead, make sure you get X 3.3.6 - 3.3.3 lacks support for many recent video cards, and 4.0.1 is very resource hungry.

Good luck.