Good site. I am studying Linux on-line on Basic Linux Training.
We talk a lot about different distros including the tiny ones,
and some of us are experimenting with 386 and even contemplating
smaller PCs. So Smallinux seems a good idea.
I seem to be getting a very slow download here, though.
Maybe I need to come back another time.
I've just got hold of an old laptop(toshiba t5200) and wanted a dist of linux to run this is the best so far and thats saying somtin' CM u sux
I ENJOYED YOUR PAGE. I AM CURRENTLY LEARING THE COMPUTER. NOW WE ARE INTO OPERATING SYSTEMS. I WILL LEARN THE DIFFERENCE. I REALLY WANT A COPY OF LINUX TO TEST AND USE OO AN MUCH OLDER SYSTEM. FOR ME IT IS JUST FUN AND EXPERIMENTING.
This should be very useful. Installed painlessly. I'd like
to find a version like this for my old SPARCs. I just had a
problem where a bootable floppy would have saved a good
deal of aggravation. Hard to boot a diskless system when it's
not talking to its server.
WOW what a great site, to date this has been the best linux site that i have been to. (not flashy, but VERY helpful) THANK YOU.
it small but great.
Thanks, I now have something to do with my antique 386's
This seems graet! I'll see what I can get out of my Compaq 486/33M.
Great idea, thanks very much. Still haven't dealt with these lib.s0.5 (or something) errors. But it has only been an hour since I downloaded it.
All the best,
Great stuff guy!! Another good use for a retiring I486 with 16MB from AST. Have any Programmable Logic Controller apps running around loose, do you?
Thanks for this site and help with Linux. My wife and kids use the big computers in the house! I use an old 486, which is still a wonderful machine. It is probably going to take me a long time to achieve anything with Linux, but your site has helped me immensely. THANK YOU Andrew
I really liked the looks of Minilinux but is there another
small dist that can be run without floppy, (on HDD) with 2 MB
Nice, that stupid debian needed 4 mem at least. I have a 'portable' compaq with orange display which has 2 MB
Until now, i don't know how many floppy needed for this stuf
But i think this stuff it's great, and my 386 now work !!!
Interested in building diskless PC's for DNET project
good stuff man !
we are all insane, but it feels good!
thank you ! i found a working system for my 'new' 386 ! :-)
Cool Beans Dude!
Very nice ! Even works on those damned compaqs 486 ! Got three of those, let's network dude !
Hope I found a Linux version for my old 386.
My wife hates you. I am putting together a 'mini-beowulf'
using some cast off 386 and 486 machines from my friend's
gagage's. Your's is the neatest solution for a single build
to run them all. Now all I need to do is find something for
my no-buck n-cube to do.
Nice one, Im setting up another OS
Designed For Compactness, This will be a great start
What about adding dosemu or freedos code into the base ?
Kool Shit dude =)
Small linux is a very good idea
There are lots of small computers without cd-rom, low memory and so on and small linux is a way to make them useful.
I was just decrying the bloatware of all those other linux'es. 8-)
This was just the kickstart I needed to get my AST Research
Laptop (486SL 25 MHz w/ 4MB RAM) running Linux. The laptop
would lockup any time I tried to boot to anything other than
OS/2 or DOS. OS/2 Warp was preinstalled. With SmallLinux I
was able to wipe the 215 MB hard disk and create a 197MB
Linux Native and 8MB Linux Swap partition without any
trouble. Now I can finally install some decent software!
Small Linux Not Bad
Simply, absolutely, stunningly brilliant !!!
I've been trying for ages to get 'any' Linux to run on my P100...and thanks to SmLinux I've finally made it !!!!
I can't thank you enough.
You win the contest for the first linux for me to get up and
running on my san disk, flash memory! congradulations etc.
Great site, been using Linux for years, wanted to get Linux onto 486 laptop with 8 MB and unusable screen.
Will give some feedback of results.
God bless you.
Desperately need a Linux for an old 386 of mine -
I think I've found it - I'll let you know !
An invaluable site -- it saved me lots of time.
Thanks for your efforts.
I wonder if you can send the most recent thing to
similar situation here, Sharp PC-6600 laptop, 386sx/2MB RAM, glad I found this site. (I just love the Net) Already have DR-DOS installed, I'll see if I can have both OS running on the same 40MB hdd. Great Job, keep up with the good work. cheers!
p.s. feel free to contact about my installation, that's if I can get it going :)
email me if you have any places to get a linux mag
This is just what I was looking for. I have a couple of 486's I've been looking for an os that'll make them usefull again. Now all I have to do is find some apps
An interesting counterpoint to mulinux
realy cool way to get use out of my mono toshiba 1900
i am currently a redhat guy but this is what i realy needed
for that laptop... ill let you know.... all can feel free to contact me about laptop q's and a's
This will be good competetion for QNX!
I am thrilled. I hope I can get it to work on a 386 based
I just found your site 1430 27 Sept. '99, Tnx to Dave
Cemtal & Amdover Net. Will try soon.
I need a Linux on two disks and I found this great thing!
I was browing the net... and I found this. I have been looking for linux that I could get on a 386 using just the 1.44 disk and this is it I guess. Great Job
Keep up this great work!
...I have a 486, 4M laptop at work that will not take any additional ram - I've felt is pretty much obsolete. Now, with Small Linux it will be like a new computer and much better than when I originally bought it!
Thanks again, Jim
A few days ago I found a 486/4meg/no flopy drive computer in the garbage.
(Hey, if it's beside a dumpster, its MINE.) I put a friends spare flopy in
it, used Ma's computer to download and rawrite the images, and fired her up.
Now I have my own mediocre, but linux none the less computer. Not only that,
now I can take linux with me were ever I go! (If I turn off my new toy first,
anyway.) Anyway, kickass job! I wish I were as good a coder as you!
got a 386sx laptop with 4 megs ram as a present today.
browsed the web for small linux. found to you. i hope i
will get the smalllinux to work cause i dont like msdos.
cool. linux needs people like you to get great and better.
Downloaded and installed 0.7.1 Small Linux last night, great fun and works really nicely on my old laptop (which is practically a mainframe compared to others here, P100 with 8MB).
Now to get it networking using plip.
Hi, I tested it on a IBM Laptop L40SX with only 2 MB; well, it works
a bit slow at the beginning. So I "make" a new kernel-2.0.0 (your new
update won't work :-((). The performance is better then before...
This looks like fun... Maybe I'll get my old 386 out of the cellar :-)
Cool! I now have Linux on my 486 laptop with 4 megs RAM!
gonna put this on a 386 packbell with 3 megs ram. tried the lowmem txt file, with no luck... will let ya'll know. thanks,
Thanks, much apprecition and graditude!
Thank's for your tiny Linux on my 386, 4M, Computer.
Just what I was looking for, any HMI programs available that you know of?
Thanks. I don't have everything up and running yet, but
small linux seems to be working for me to get linux
on my old (formely useless) laptop. Not sure why mulinux
and tomsrtbt didn't boot, but smalllinux seems fine.
I am used to using all of the automated tools in the
standard redhat distro, it is sort of fun to be installing
linux bit by bit from floppies.
I once used a two disk mini-linux to train field engineers on the Unix environment using discarded 386 and 486 sx machines.
Their management did not want them practicing on live TDMA cell phone switches,
for some reason.
I am looking to find something for my TI 4000 noebook, now.
Your homepage is fantasitic , now can use Linux on my old
Compaq LTE/25 Lite. Thank you very much !!!!
killall -9 billgates
Smaller the better. Keep it simple (not so easy sometimes)
my first contact with linux, hope I'll find out how it works, hope it works at all
Ey, SmallLinux realy rox!
my 486 laptop with < 4 mb ram is working fine :)
but for some strange reason i don't have enough
hdd free (60 mb) to copy vmlinuz... Oh well, I'll
fix it :) but if anyone has any sullutions: email me :)
There is a GOD
ha I like what you are doing and must thank you for some
"because we all build things but some are better than others"
prof G cambridge uni UK (the real cambridge)
I would like to that i think it is amazing what you are doing with this distribution. i used your linux distro as a base for installation of slackware 3.6 onto a 386 with 4 megs of ram and a 60 meg harddrive. (old ibm) I have been working towards this goal for over 3 days straight and yesterday i had a breakthrough when i found your distribution. I used the floppies to install and transfer over 15 megs of files back and forth from the server to the 386. I think what you have done is excellent and i would like to say thank you for the base for a whole operating system. email me and i'll give you an ip for the computer so that, if you want to, can log into the box and see what it's done..
Thanks for the site. Currently I'm in education (but moving back to the "real"? world shortly) smallinux sounds like fun - and incidentally being small might be useful for student embedded systems/robotics projects. Any links?
More power to your elbow,
This is really the something!
Wonderful idea and it will make a great teaching tool for those interested in learning something better than Microsoft Windows
This Small Linux Project is fantastic! I was looking for such a system for a 386/20-Laptop!
Thanks to your project I'm now looking for an old laptop
on which I can run SmallLinux.
I am in search of an operating system for my Compaq LTE 386s/20
system with only 2MB of RAM and a 60MB hard drive. I hope that
SmallLinux is the solution to my desires. I do like Linux, and
I will report on my experience with this distribution. Thanks
for making it.
Looks like I can dust off the old 386 LapTop.
I try it...
It actually works. Booted an old AST 386SX-20 laptop with
only 2 meg of ram.
Unfortunately, my lack of deep install/files of linux have
prevented me from moving it to the whopping 60 meg hd... :)
I'm still at it, however.