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Re: [edlug] Amstrad ALT-386SX 4MB memory & Linux




On 2003.01.28 13:08 stuart.pettie@xxx.xxx.xxx wrote:

Hi All


I have come into possession of an old Amstrad ALT-386SX protable
computer.

FDD is a 34-pin connector, power supplied up the ribbon cable, but can be
replaced with moderm FDD for £100ish.

HDD is 170MB, but might be able to change it for a 0.5Gb HDD, if I can
find
one.

I know this machine can run Win3.1 happily.

I would like to put Linux with X-windows on it.

I am wonder if it is worth spending time & money or should I just leave
it
running Win3.1.

Not got any *real* use/need for it to change to Linux, but would handy to
have
spare machine for digging deeper into the command line side of Linux.

Anybody have any views ?

Stuart


*********************************************** Stuart Pettie Software Technician BAE SYSTEMS Avionics LTD. ***********************************************


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Stuart,


Installing linux on that machine will be very educational.
I have a minimal install of RedHat 6.1 on a 386SX partioned as follows:-

[roy@Minniebannister roy]$ df
Filesystem           1k-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda9                36693     28340      6459  81% /
/dev/hda1                 4969      2766      1947  59% /boot
/dev/hda7                 9902       517      8874   6% /home
/dev/hda8               115950     94984     14979  86% /usr
/dev/hda6                16850      3453     12527  22% /var
Swap:  49168K

You might even fit into 170Mb.

I did a network install by turning off all packages except networking. It took over 8 hours.
My one has the benefit of a 387SX and 13Mb of memory too. You may need to build a kernel with FPU emulation in it.


Regards,

Roy Bamford






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