Re: Linux on less than 8MByes of Memory
On Mon, Aug 06, 2001 at 11:14:54AM +1000, Ian Perry wrote:
| I have an old 486Sx dog which I want to use as a printserver.
| Potato recomments at least 12MBytes of memory to do an install from CD.
| Is it possible to install Potato on 8MBytes ?
| Do I need to create special boot floppies or is it not possible ?
The issue is that dpkg needs memory to keep track of dependencies and
unpack the archives. I have a 486 with 8MB RAM and about 32MB swap.
It takes longer to unpack the archives than to download over a dial-up
connection. You probably could install with less, but it will take a
LONG time. The other issue with old machines is the BIOS can't handle
the CD drive very well so it may not be able to boot from the CDs
I recommend putting the hard drive in a bigger (newer) machine and
doing the install on there, then putting the drive back in the 486 and