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Small distro's on old technology

 
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kevanf1
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:26 pm    Post subject: Small distro's on old technology Reply with quote

Has anybody had any success in running the smaller Linux distro's on stuff like Zip Disks? DSL should run on a 100mb Iomega (or clone) Zip Disk. While there are others that are a bit larger that should fit on a 250mb Zip Disk. But has anybody tried it? Does it work at an acceptable speed? Perhaps not for everyday use but as a tools disk?

How about an article on this subject form LXF? After all, Linux is excellent for keeping older technology/hardware up and running.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:10 pm    Post subject: RE: Small distro Reply with quote

We did a roundup of mini-distros (suitable for old machines) in issue 68, if you have a copy!

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kevanf1
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:46 pm    Post subject: RE: Small distro Reply with quote

Ah, of course...slaps head due to stupidity Wink I do indeed have that copy...somewhere.... I'm actually in the middle of cataloguing all my Linux mag's and books but it's about somewhere.

How about a small piece on installing to a Zip disk though? There are probably a good few people who have Zip Drives but don't know how to get them to run on Linux. There is a quick HOW TO on the Ubuntu site for Ubuntu/Kubuntu (I wrote it Smile my little contribution to the open source world) but it may vary for other distro's.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:01 pm    Post subject: RE: Small distro Reply with quote

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How about a small piece on installing to a Zip disk though?


Excuse my ignorance, but isn't that a matter of installing the root filesystem on the Zip drive?. Not too familiar with grub, but with lilo, you could then do something like lilo -b /dev/hdd to install lilo as the bootloader on the zipdrive. (My Zipdrive is on hdd). Of course, if your pc can't boot directly from a zipdrive, then an external bootloader will be required.

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There are probably a good few people who have Zip Drives but don't know how to get them to run on Linux


Not sure what you mean by that either. My 100MB Iomega drive has always been detected by every distro I've tried and is treated as just another disk drive.

Unless I'm missing the point, of course...


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:23 pm    Post subject: RE: Small distro Reply with quote

Ah, is that internal drive or a parallel port one? Or possibly one of the USB drives? I have a couple of internal drives that I haven't fitted - brand new and got them very, very cheap. I should really have qualified my term when I mentioned the drive sorry about that.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:40 pm    Post subject: RE: Small distro Reply with quote

Mine's an internal drive that shares the IDE cable with my DVD writer. Of course. what I said won't be relevant if yours is not on an IDE interface.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:06 pm    Post subject: RE: Small distro Reply with quote

No, I set it up using a parallel port Iomega Zip drive. In fact I've got two of those as well. One's a 100mb with the other being a 250mb. Here's a bit of history for you, the 250mb used to belong to a columnist here on LXF - good old Jono Bacon Smile No doubt he'll be pleased to know it's still up and running and on a Linux tin.

The other two drives I have are both internal and I really must get around to installing them. I didn't realise that they went in without any other tweaking.
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