Sunday, January 10, 2010

DSL on a 233mHz laptop

I was given an old laptop yesterday to see if I could make it run. 233mHz, 64MB RAM, 4GB drive. Press releases suggest this was a $1,500 laptop in the late 90s.

It took a bit of guesswork and maneuvering but within a half-hour I had the little beast up and surfing the web on Damn Small Linux, a 50MB distro. DSL uses the 2.4 kernel so it's friendlier to older hardware.

The battery appears to be shot but but runs fine from mains.

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