[ale] Lightweight Linux with X
Jhubbs at niit.com
Mon Jul 30 11:23:30 EDT 2001
I know many of us are worrying about getting Linux SMP to work properly on
our octo-Athlon deep-red-MHz 16PB monsters, but I have a somewhat different
problem at hand.
I need to set up a junker for a new home school. I have 486es on hand, with
12-32MB and one or two 340MB-800MB drives available.
I'm pissed at Red Hat because they're pulling this "Sorry, your computer
doesn't have enough RAM to run Red Hat Linux" crap a la Microsoft even at
20MB. It looks like Debian is not complaining. However, I don't have much
Debian experience and I'd like to know, in advance of trying to do it if at
all possible, how to install Debian from floppies via an Internet distro
mirror such that I can get X going and a low-footprint WM (open to
suggestions). I have done Debian this way before and I did get a running
machine, but without X. At that time, I also found myself a bit flummoxed
w.r.t. getting exactly the packages I needed and little or nothing else.
I expect to find and install various free edu software on this thing for the
kiddies and banish MS in the process.
Any general suggestions would be appreciated.
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