Subject: Re: Which NetBSD for 4MB Ram Notebook..170MB HD?
To: None <netbsd-users@NetBSD.org>
From: Henry Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/03/2005 22:40:16
On Fri, Jul 29, 2005 at 02:51:09PM +0800, Karim Forsthofer wrote:
> I would like to know which NetBSD version I should install
> on a very old notebook?
> It has a 486 processor, 4MB of RAM and 170MB diskspace.
I put 1.4.2 on a Toshiba V486 DynaBook many years ago. It still works
well as a serial console for a couple of Sun IPCs. I have a kernel
built for it to use a network card, but usually I boot it with a
seriously stripped down kernel.
The hdd was 124MB, and I partitioned it: 29MB for /usr, 24MB for <swap>,
and 70MB for /usr.
I installed base, comp, etc, kern, misc, and text using floppies. I
used the split sets provided by NetBSD.org (many thanks), and with
just a few calculations, I was able to fit everything on 23 floppies.
The only trick was to get the hdd partitioned so that I could use
the swap. I believe you will have to mount the swap in order to
even unpack the compressed binaries, i.e., do "swapctl -a /dev/wd0b"
before using tar.
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