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Old 03-18-04, 07:49 AM Thread Starter   #1
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I need a watered down linux distro


I recently aquired an old p1 that has 16megs of EDO memory, a floppy and cdrom drive and a 4 gig drive, i wanna put linux on it and throw the computer in my living room as an mp3 server, what linux distro will run on this very bare system??

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Slackware, Debian, or LFS maybe?

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Old 03-18-04, 11:54 AM   #3
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I'd suggest on of the mp3 distros on freshmeat.net. The smallest ones are fitting on a floppy but have mp3 playback support
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Yeah, any very basic distro might be alright like that if you do not install X and give it some good swap space. Just setup samba to share the MP3's out to other computers.

DamnSmallLinux would be easy to install. It's got X and fluxbox and a light web browser, it is a very basic debian otherwise and installs like knoppix.

You would need to boot using cheatcodes to run in text mode the first time, then probably run cfdisk and create a swap partition on your hard drive.

With that done, you should be able to reboot normally into fluxbox (if your video hardware is half-way decent) and install from there (it will automatically see and use the swap partition).

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