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Re: Debian on a 386? Unlikely. (was: ramblings about old hardware, gzip, bz2, and pentium op)

On Tue, 7 Dec 1999, Brian White wrote:

> > Anyway there are many people using Debian on 386 and 486 machines :(,
> I'm not so sure of that any more...  We use a 486-25 at work with 8MB

running debian hamm on 386sx/20, 8m, 116m disk

> of RAM and 80MB of disk.  It runs a fine firewall/dial-up server.  In
> fact, the only thing it _can't_ do is _upgrade_!  Debian has gotten
> sooo big, that I have to make a 4 to 8MB swapfile (8MB swap partition)
> just to run dpkg, which is difficult on the limited disk space.  Dselect
> takes about 20 mins just to bring up the selection screen.
> Of course, I have a 486dx2-66 with 64MB of ram and 2GB disk that runs
> Debian just fine.  I doubt there are many 386s out there with more
> than the first system, though.
>                                           Brian
>                                   ( bcwhite@pobox.com )


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