Re: [PARPORT] Which dist. for I-Zip/BP Inst?

Heather (
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 00:21:38 -0700 (PDT)

> Anybody out there have a suggestion (from experience) of which Linux
> distribution would be best for an old-laptop parport install? The
> laptop has only 340MB disk space, 8MB which is dedicated to a minimal
> DOS partition (will convert to type 82 swapfile after Linux installed,
> no XFree86 plans on this). Laptop has no internal CD-ROM drive, yes
> 1.44MB floppy drive, and a standard (not ECP/EPP) parallel-port drive.
> I have an Iomega parport 100MB Zip Drive, a MicroSolutions Backpack 4X
> external CD-ROM drive, Red Hat 6.0 distribution CD, and SlackWare 4.0
> distribution CD. From the RH 6.0 CD, I created a bootdisk through
> RAWRITE and was able to format the laptop harddrive through fdisk as
> 321MB Linux Native type 83 and 8MB Linux Swapfile type 82.
> Again, which distribution (RH 6.0 vs. SW 4.0) would probably work best
> for this parport install and which device would work best for this
> (100MB I-Zip drive or Backpack external 4X CD-ROM)?
> -a.c.e.-

ZipSlack is available from Slackware's website but dunno if it's on their
CD. I believe it's designed for someone who is not quite ready to make
the jump from DOS, so you will probably need to get it onto a ZIP cartridge
using another system, and cut a Tom's Root Boot or other rescue disk with
the right modules or kernel so you can force connection "by hand" as it were.

I don't know if RedHat's or Slackware's standard installer has any support
for parallel gadgets.

You don't mention if your laptop has pcmcia slots, though that's somewhat
beyond the scope of the Parport list.

-* Heather Stern -*- Starshine Technical Services -*- *-

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