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Linux Gazette: Working with Micro-Distributions, or Linux in Your Pocket

Apr 03, 2002, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Kollar)

"'It all' began when I was given a pair of PCs and one monitor. The larger computer, an Aptiva, had a P133 CPU, a 2GB hard drive, a CD-ROM drive, and no RAM at all. The second computer was an HP Vectra 486/33N with a 170MB hard drive, Windows 3.1, and 8MB of RAM (no CD). Both systems had mice, but no keyboards. A trip to Wal-Mart and $10(US) later, and I had a PS/2-compatible keyboard. Since the two computers both used 72-pin SIMMs, the first thing I did was to swap the RAM into the Aptiva and see if anything useful was on that big hard drive.

"I learned something valuable. I learned what Window 98 chokes on insufficient RAM, ungraciously.

"I didn't happen to have any extra RAM lying around. So I put the RAM back in the Vectra and dug up the RedHat 4.0 disks I had... oops, they're CDs and this Vectra doesn't have a CD (and no slots in the case to mount one). Obviously, I needed another strategy..."

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