* On 09-09-00 at 13:42 Adrian Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
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> Greg> could run just fine on a 486. And most 486s have little RAM
> Greg> (4-32). What about a swap file? Shouldn't it let you install
> Greg> anyway? This is Linux!
> Linux can run with very little memory, but whether the install can be
> done with so little is a different question. I have installed Debian
> 2.2 (Potato) on a 8MB 486 so weeks ago, slow but possible; the problem
> is that the package manager for Debian (dpkg) works well but is
> beginning to have problems with the thousands of packages that a
> Debian distribution has.
> Greg> BTW, I had this problem on my friend's 8MB RAM 486, although
> Greg> I wasn't sure of the problem at the time.
> Anyway, I'd try to find different boot disks from the net to see if
> they help.
> Adrian Phillips
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I have installed suse linux 6.2 on a i486/40 with 4MB of ram... The problem
isn't running linux itself it is the installation program and boot/root
floppies that often require more than 4mb of ram...
So all I did was boot a home made boot disk, than mount the nfs directory...
create partitions, ext2 and swap, mount swap and did rpm -Uvh --nodeps
(I mounted the disk under /mnt/hda1... than I booted from the floppy and
mounted /mnt/hda1 as root system...
Then even the setup program (yast) ran perfectly...
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