Great find, but now I need help...

Mark Stone mstone at
Tue Aug 29 06:43:08 PDT 2000

I've done exactly this on an old Toshiba 486/25 laptop. My procedure was
to install Debian, and to do it as follows:
1) Make necessary floppy disks. That comes out to something like 9 disks
right now (boot, modules, and 7 base). A pain, but bearable.
2) Get a minimal base system installed on Debian. Crucially, this includes
networking. I chose to go with PLIP.
3) Get a paraport to paraport laplink cable.
4) Get PLIP up and running.
5) Apt-get install whatever else you need beyond the base system.


On Mon, 28 Aug 2000, John Arrowwood wrote:

> I just happened to find that my work was throwing away two laptops, both
> compaq 486/25 machines.  That will be great for running a scaled down linux.
> However, it is so old, it doesn't have a CD-ROM drive, nor PCMCIA
> connections.  All it has is a floppy drive and a hard disk of unknown size.
> Any suggestions of how I might be able to get Linux on there?  Maybe a linux
> boot disk that allows me to PPP over a serial connection to my other linux
> box?  It'd be a slow link, but then everything on that system will be slow,
> so what's the big deal?
> Thoughts, suggestions, tips?

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