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Linux distro that can boot on my laptop?

133 Mhz 16mb Ram

     
3:13 am on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I got an old laptop for $35 and have win95 install currently.

I am trying to install 10 different distros (including DSL) but all require I have more than 16mb ram.

I fail to believe win95 can run on my system fine but there isnt a linux distro that can.

Any help?

4:27 pm on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Back in the early 90s I happily ran Linux on my 386 with 4mb of ram. The GUI was through an X11 package called TinyX. If you google for tinyx you'll find a bunch of folks with small Linux distributions that should run fine on the laptop.

If you find one that you like, please do post back about it. I've got a similar laptop in a drawer and I keep meaning to make it useful again. :)

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With only 16Mb or RAM it's not easy: the processor is easily fast enough for Linux - I have a test server which is a 166MHz Pentium, but with 72Mb RAM.

You should try DeLi Linux: DeLi stands for "Desktop Light". You can download it here:

[delilinux.de...]

The developer's primary test machine is a 486 laptop with 16Mb RAM. You should choose the IceWM window manager which should run OK, or if not it includes the XD640 window manager which will run on really ancient stuff. The distribution is based on Slackware 7.1 so you can get packages for other software from the Slackware FTP site.

I've used DeLi Linux before, and assuming you're OK with disk partitioning, it's a very easy install and a great, simple Linux distro.

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I fail to believe win95 can run on my system fine but there isnt a linux distro that can.

I'm sure there are plenty of 1995 era Linux distributions out there that would work well.

If you want a modern Linux distro, a cut down install of Slackware or Debian would do. If you branch out a little more NetBSD would be pretty good too.