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November 16th, 2008, 03:50 AM

I am setting up a sacrificial computer to learn how to build drivers in linux. I am using the online version of Linux Device Drivers, 3rd edition from O'reilly.

The computer I have is an old pentium II with a 10 gig HDD and 64 MB of RAM. I was looking into using DSL but it only uses kernel version 2.4 and I need version 2.6. I've heard DSL-N uses kernel version 2.6. Has anybody ever used this? I need something small, although the only thing I will be doing on this machine is driver programming. I will need gcc and gedit and probably some other tools I am not yet aware of.

Any ideas as to which distro I should use? I will also have to download a "mainline" kernel from kernel.org. I would appreciate any advice anybody has in helping me get started.

November 16th, 2008, 04:26 AM
Ubuntu 8.10 server should install fine.

Just add the development packages that you need. You can pull the kernel from kernel.org. Though I would grab the source with apt-get.