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    Linux for i386

    Hi,

    Just wondering if anyone knows of a Linux distro that runs on an Intel 80386 CPU, with 8 megs of ram (preferably 4megs).

    I wouldn't expect a GUI x-system, but I saw one a LONG time ago that stated it would run on an i386, it would be nice to have .

    It would be preferable if it could be shoved onto floppies, and then installed onto a hard disk.

    This machine is an extremely cheap test bench, I'm open for all your recomendations

    Thanks,
    Shockuk.

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    IIRC, FreeBSD was made in that environment.
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    could try one of those floopy linux "distros", take a look at http://www.linuxlinks.com/Distributions/Floppy/

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    For linux I believe if you go back to RH 6 or so you can get it to run. FreeBSD 4.x will run on that no problem.
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    old versions of slackware or redhat is a good choice.

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    Debian

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    vectorlinux is great on older systems

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    Guys didn't you hear about BeOS ?

    I'll never forget my first experiance with it running from only one floppy having full graphical interface with browser , Internet dialup , editors and ,...etc
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    As mentioned already, Vector Linux is great on older hardware and Debian would make a great setup, as well.

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    Thanks for the info, i'll look into all of these suggestions.

    FreeBSD would probably be the best bet for this project, however BeOS also looks interesting

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