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Windy Peaks
September 16th, 2009, 03:10 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen of the forum:

Everytime I open My current laptop to work with the command line or C programming stuff My two beautiful children crowd Me on either side so I can show them some internet related cartoon or linux game.

I may have the problem beat, I got my hands on a very old toshiba satelite 220cds laptop (1996 I think?) that has very limited abilities. So now the won't ask Me for things it can't do.

Now I need to find a verion of Ubuntu (9.04 or older)that has only the command line and "build-essential" installed so I can do C programming.
The laptop has 32Mb of RAM and a hard drive with 1.25Gb on it so it's got to be a very small operating system.

Any thoughts ??

Thank You in advance.

Windy

ainsworth_t
September 16th, 2009, 03:54 AM
Seeing as Ubuntu has the following system requirements as taken from the Ubuntu Community Documentation, it's probably not feasable to install Ubuntu on your laptop.


Bare Minimum requirements
It should be possible to get Ubuntu running on a system with the following minimum hardware specification, although it is unlikely that the system would run well. You should use the Alternate install CD to attempt such an installation.

300 MHz x86 processor
64 MB of system memory (RAM)
At least 4 GB of disk space (for full installation and swap space)
VGA graphics card capable of 640x480 resolution
CD-ROM drive or network card

However, a distro such as Damn Small Linux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/) or Tiny Core Linux (http://tinycorelinux.com/) might be more suitable. Damn Small Linux is a live CD that can be installed as a full Debian system which you can then install the build-essential package on. I'm not as familiar with Tiny Core but it has similar minimum requirements.

Windy Peaks
September 17th, 2009, 02:30 AM
Great call, I did some mental googling and remembered DSL 4.4, it's in last August's local computer magazine.

You are correct once Your workout deleting the old windows partition and format it using fdisk choosing option 83 (normal linux) DSL loaded nicely.
I just need to double check the build-essential side of it so I can program in #C.

I don't have internet acess on that computer but I might think of something using the single USB port.

Thanks again for Your help

Windy










Seeing as Ubuntu has the following system requirements as taken from the Ubuntu Community Documentation, it's probably not feasable to install Ubuntu on your laptop.

However, a distro such as Damn Small Linux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/) or Tiny Core Linux (http://tinycorelinux.com/) might be more suitable. Damn Small Linux is a live CD that can be installed as a full Debian system which you can then install the build-essential package on. I'm not as familiar with Tiny Core but it has similar minimum requirements.