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Re: Installing Linux on an old 486 compaq laptop

Laptop (any):  1 difficulty point
4 MB RAM:      4 difficulty points
80 MB HDD:     4 difficulty points

In short, this is entirely possible, although Red Hat is almost out
of the question.  There are some distributions that cater specifically
to tight hardware constraints and Slackware is fairly flexible.
That said, this project carries a fairly high difficulty rating
overall, and could be a challenge even for an experienced Linux
administrator.  Often, Linux gets a bad rep because those new to Linux
start with a system like this and end up frustrated and confused.

If you're looking for a challenge, great, but if you're looking for
an _easy_ start and just getting familiar with Linux, this isn't it.

	- Kevin Colby
	  kevinc grainsystems com

Marie-Thérèse Lorentzen wrote:
> Hi!
> A friend's 16 year-old would like to put his old 486 Compaq laptop (with
> only has 80 MB on it's hard drive, no CD-ROM and 4MB RAM) back into use
> again. He's never tried Linux and would like to try it on the laptop.
> Has anyone had any luck installing Linux on an older Compaq laptop? Does
> anyone have any suggestions as to which version Linux he should use?
> Where can it be found? Any ideas as to what kind of problems he could
> run into?
> Any help would be greatly appreciated!
> Thanks!

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