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Super Duper Light Linux?

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#1 Ellypho


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Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:01 PM

Hello world!

I got this old dell latitude XPI CD from my buddy and im getting pretty annoyed with winedows. So i want to put a linux distro on it. This laptop has a 133MHz processor 32 megs of ram and a 2 gig hard drive, unfortunatly it can only boot from a floppy to intall anything. All i intend on doin is using it as a glorified typewriter and mayber to run DOS games in DOSBOX. But then again i figured i could do this with freeDOS but im afraid of it :S. Anybody got an idea of what i could do?

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#2 meisinscotland


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Posted 16 March 2008 - 06:42 PM

That machine would run DOS beautifully... even though you said you were afraid of it, I don't know what else to suggest.

I would say Puppy Linux - but you'd need a CD drive, and probably a bit more RAM.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:01 PM

Does it have a free USB drive? If it does you could use a LiveUSB and install Damn Small Linux. It should work fine.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 06:33 PM

You could try Damn Small Linux ( http://damnsmalllinux.org/ ). It it, indeed, damn small.

Here's the DSL page on booting from a floppy: http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/index.php/Boot_Floppies

Another one is BasicLinux, http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/baslinux/ . I've never tried it, but it's supposed to be good for old laptops.

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 18 March 2008 - 06:44 PM.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:12 AM

Isn't it a problem that some old computers dont' support booting from USB?

Hmmmm :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:57 AM

You can always boot from a floppy as AmazingAndrew has already pointed out.

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