Also, DSL seems like a but much for that, how Linux savvy do you think you are?
If you think you'd be comfortable with some pretty hard stuff you can try http://www.basiclinux.com.ru
It fits on two floppies, runs well with 12MB RAM, and those computers will run it pretty well.
EDIT: Anyone know of a good OS for a 486 with 3MB RAM?
That's because antiX was compiled for i686, and a P1 is i586. If you can find a 586 build of antiX you'll be fine, but in my experience a P1 will be far too slow for antiX.
I would recommend DeLi or DSL for that machine.
EDIT: Does anyone know of an OS for 3MB or less? Minix 2 may be an option, but I'm more open to other options.
Get antiX-M6.5 Spartacus, here:
But as zmjjmz says, it will probably be slow.
hey guys, this is off topic (this being an ubuntu forum) but it's a thread about OSes for old computers and well yeah here I go.
I'm setting up an old computer to run linux. It's only got 128 mb, ect. so I'm going for damn small linux. The hard drive is broken but the bios can boot from CD and "removable dev" which I suppose means removable device. I was wondering if this meant floppy drive or a USB flash memory stick.
I plan to put DSL on a memory stick and use it as the operating system.
Can somebody tell me if this'd work please?
thanks for reading.
DSL will do that, but if it's an "old" computer, it might not boot from the USB port. "Removable devices" is usually a floppy or maybe a zip drive on an "old" machine. Can you tell us more about it? Model number? Manufacturer?
EDIT: after taking a look inside all I found out was that the CD drive was manufactured in february 2001. Assuming the drive isn't a replacement, I'm gonna assume the computer was made around this time.
I think a 2001 computer would support that. I'm not sure, but I also think that Smart Boot Manager would support USB boots.
Edit: DSL is going to be quite fast for that. Try setting the boot option to 'toram'.