From: Liam Bedford (lbedford at domain wbtsystems.com)
Date: Wed 05 Jul 2000 - 10:42:06 IST
On Wed, Jul 05, 2000 at 10:30:25AM +0100, ndowney at domain silverstorm-ireland.net came forth with:
> I have an old WfW 486 laptop at home but without a Cd drive. I also
> do not have a PCMCIA ethernet card or even a network to connect
> it to. I would like to be able to install linux on it. Could someone
> please help me with the following questions:
> - can I use a "windows" DCC parallel cable to create a 2 machine
> IP network and thus mount a from a desktop linux machine ?. If it
> is possible how do I do it ?.
> - Are the current distributions the best ones to use on what is a
> slow machine, with a small HD (not sure of size here and now) and
> only 8/16 M RAM ?. Any recommendations as to which distribution
> and version would suit best ?.
> - I really only want to use the machine as an Internet box (email
> and web). Thus I need X and netscape and of course a modem. Is
> there any issues I have missed ?
X and netscape on a 486 with 8/16Mb ram will be painful. I don't
think I ever saw netscape run well with < 32 Mb ram (could be
You may find RedHat 4.2 is a good distribution for that level of machine,
and Redhat claim to support it...
-- Liam Bedford | Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire System Administrator | And though the holes were rather small WBT Systems, Block 2, | They had to count them all Harcourt Centre, Harcourt St. | Now they know how many holes it takes to fill 01-4170100 | The Albert Hall
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