darrelljon has posted a nice little list of mini-linux distributions — the kind of list you need when you find a 486 in the garbage behind your apartment.

I haven’t tried a lot of those listed, but I definitely plan on it. And the idea of a GUI distro that fits on two floppies is mind-boggling. :shock: Oh, how I wish my Internet was working at home. … :(

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4 Responses to “Mini-linuxes”

  1. 1 matt 2007/10/14 at 11:42 PM

    Thanks again. Have you ever played with the BSDs or Plan9

  2. 2 Luke Maciak 2007/10/15 at 6:37 AM

    Actually, not that mind boggling. I mean, we all used to use operating systems that would fit on several floppies.

    I used to use Amiga 600 back in the day. It actually shipped with a “Live” OS on 2 floppies. Since the 600 didn’t have a HD by default you would boot off the first floppy after the reboot. The 2nd floppy contained advanced utilities, which would be loaded on demand and I used it twice or 3 times.

    Also, the whole system was working incredibly fast with only 1MB of RAM and was really a full blown GUI.

    Granted, we did come a long way since then, and these days OS is expected to do more things (most notably networking) but still. Sometimes I do wonder why everything is so massive this day.

    Anyway, thanks for the links. :)

  3. 3 K.Mandla 2007/10/15 at 11:07 AM

    That’s true. I mentally draw a line at the 486 era, conveniently forgetting my old XT that used two floppies and no hard drive.

    I wish I had been in on the Amiga revolution. I had an old 500 once, but I had to sell it off only a month or so after I got it. It’s a long story, from a long time ago. … :|

  1. 1 Mini Linuxs | Toydaria Trackback on 2007/10/15 at 4:23 PM

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