BasicLinux is a good distribution for an old 386/486 with limited RAM and small harddrive. The optional HD installation package puts BasicLinux on its own HD partition, where standard applications can be installed (including X, Netscape and GCC).
|The current version of BasicLinux is 1.8
It comes as a 2mb zip file.
|386 computer with 8mb RAM||(if you have less RAM click here)|
|DOS -or- Windows 95/98||(for Windows ME/NT/2K/XP click here)|
Unzip baslin18.zip to a convenient directory on your harddrive. Put the computer in DOS mode and execute boot. This will automatically create a 4mb ramdisk and run BasicLinux there. BasicLinux does not run on your harddrive.
Additional modules for BasicLinux
If you need a module that is not included with the BasicLinux distribution, you should find it here.
Add-ons from Slackware 3.5 will work in BasicLinux (as long as you add the necessary support files). Your main problem is space. There is only 750kb free on the BasicLinux ramdisk. Below are some small add-ons that work in BasicLinux. After downloading, uncompress them using untar. If necessary, use chmod +x to make a file executable.
Midnight Commander Spread sheet Set login password
System monitor Print client FTP server SETI client
Tetris zgv viewer + libvgagl beep ztelnet awk
LILO (use pkg to install)
Making a hard-drive version of BasicLinux
Putting BasicLinux on its own HD partition has several advantages:
The install-to-HD package comes as a 700kb zip file. It transfers your ramdisk version of BasicLinux to harddrive and re-configures it for HD operation. It also adds several new capabilities. This package is not for beginners. Unless you are an experienced Linux user, you should first spend some time with BasicLinux on a ramdisk before trying to transfer it to a permanent harddrive partition.
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