Linux or what?

From: Zane H. Healy <>
Date: Sun Dec 20 01:48:42 1998

>I've been thinking of putting Linux on my laptop. Thing is, I have a few
>What are the requirements for it? I was looking at Caldera OpenLinux, and
>one of the download files was 30 MB.
>My laptop's an 8088 with 640K RAM, CGA, 720k 3.5" floppy, and a 20 MB HD.
>Obviously, not big enough. What I want to know is if I can get some old
>version of it, or some "mini version", that still has the newer features,
>just in a smaller package. Or does anyone have an alternative O/S that I
>could run on it, besides DOS?

Linux is flat out.

I'm not even sure about ELKS (a reduced Linux for at least 80286
processors. I'd recommend MINIX if you want a UNIX like OS. Someone else
will have to point you to where you can get MINIX, I seem to have lost that
info once again (I swear I'm going to have to tatoo it to my forehead if I
ever want to remember).

Off the top of my head about the only other thing I can think of is
CP/M-86, which had been available, but the "Unofficial CP/M Web Page" seems
to have disappeared (did it move?).

There are of course the various flavors of DOS, and if you could find a old
enough copy of GEOS that would provide you with a fairly nice GUI and
applications, however, the company no longer supports the 8088.

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