From: Michael Conry (michael.conry at domain ucd.ie)
Date: Mon 25 Jun 2001 - 17:24:30 IST
just this morning i was installing Debian on an old Siemens 486sx 33,
In the case of Debian, i used the "safe" set of disks,
the compact, and ide-pci both crashed on me. Using safe, i needed 6 floppies
before the install could switch to net (boot, root, and 4 floppies of
devices). I also had lots of problems with errors on disks, had to rewrite
some disks 3 times ;-(
AFAIR i did install SuSE by network onto a 386. With SuSE, you only needed
to use 2 disks before it switched to net install, and it worked fairly
easily. In fairness to Debian, i think with the Compact disks, you can get
away with just two disks before net also.
Why not try to track down ulinux (microlinux): do a quick google search.
There are loads of versions around, so you should be able to try out
different vintages with your system
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