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CrossNodes: FreeSCO: Build A Router With A 386 And A Floppy Disk

May 10, 2002, 22:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"System requirements are any 386 or better with a floppy drive, 16 MB RAM. You can get away with as little as 8 MB by running Freesco on a hard drive with a swap file. Using a hard drive makes room for extensions and Web serving. I like the idea of no moving parts at all- no fan, no hard drive. Once it's installed, it doesn't even require a monitor or keyboard.

"Make a FreeSCO disk in either Windows or Linux. Download FreeSCO from http://www.freesco.org/dload/index.shtml. Get two files: freesco-027, and modules-027, and unpack them in a temporary directory. The current version is 0.2.7. That's right, it's not even a 1.0. However, I have found it to be extremely stable and dependable, running for months with no problems. It is based on the Linux 2.0.38 kernel, and contains dependable Unix DHCP, DNS, and dialup components..."

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