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VagabondAstronomer
September 18th, 2009, 04:31 PM
Two weeks ago, I picked up an old Compaq Presario 1680 laptop, 200MHz Pentium MMX chip and only 48MB of RAM. It had a buggy Windows 98 install.
I paid $30 USD for it.
I wanted to experiment with this to see if I could get a minimal Linux install on it. My own personal preferences are for Ubuntu; however, in its regular form it requires much more RAM. So, initially, I played with a couple of other distros.
First was DeliLinux. No satisfactory results there. Next, FeatherLinux. It ran fine from the CD, but install was buggy. The lack of support there also worried me.
My last attempt was for an experimental minimal RAM Ubuntu install.
I used advice from two sites to help with this project. First was how to use the Mini.ISO for an install...
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal
Then, the excellent advice from Ingo Lantschner at Bino Na Biso -
http://www.binonabiso.com/en/Ubuntu-miniRAM-HOWTO.html
Admittedly, it took a long time to install the base system, on the order of two hours (I recommend doing stuff like housework and/or read something during this stage. Trust me, it is tedious).
After a minimal system was installed, I unremarked the Aptitude source list comments as recommended at Bino Na Biso. After running update, I installed Xserver-Xorg, WDM, IceWM, Firefox, Dillo and AbiWord.
The result?
A very minimal system. It is a little slow booting (though faster than my old Macintosh iBook clamshell running OS X 10.2.8 and 9.2.2 with 384MB RAM), but it is usable. It still needs some bells and whistles for file management and system setup. But it works.

Rob

TenPlus1
September 18th, 2009, 06:15 PM
nice one :)