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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2002 11:31 am    Post subject: Help please --> 486 Webserver Reply with quote

I am trying to find a distro to put on a 486 (16MB, 3c509 *2, 1Gb HD) to create a small webserver... next to my gentoo box.

I have been dabbling with linuxrouter and trinux, but they seem optimised for routing and security. There is already a router assigning ips with dhcp on the lan, so the featrures i need are pretty minimal. I have also tried freebsd (seemed overkill) and slackware (that kernel compile took about a day). I was wondering if there was a distro that could just get me setup and ready to go with dhcp, sshd and boa/apache(if it can cope). I can attach a cd drive for an install.

I did like trinux, and had everything ready to go... but it installs everything into ramdisk and i ran out of space. :(

Thanks for any pointers, i'm off to scour the house for old memory.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2002 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you can't go wrong with Debian :)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2002 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

check freesco.org but this also seems mostly to be a router / firewall.

maybe you could check the distros mentioned here:
http://www.cotse.com/miniunix.htm
some links are broken so find page by hand.

I don't have a spare computer so I'm not an expert.

Cya lX.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2002 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Debian or Slack
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2002 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure if you would consider this an overkill, but Devil-Linux - http://www.devil-linux.org/ - is quite something. Your write-protected floppy is your /etc and the CD-ROM drive is your /. Anyone hacks it, you just reboot with a changed set of passwords. Requires no compiling, just burning a CD and rebooting whenever you want to update your system. Any webserver stuff can be stored on the hard drive.

Other than that, Gentoo might be more time than is worth your while on that thing. I recently gave up on Gentoo in favor of Debian on an old 486 laptop, mainly due to hard drive constraints.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2002 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the input.

I have been soldiering on with a multitude of minidistros and their larger brothers. There are so many options, but it all still seems a bit of a mission. Each having little issues with my needs.

For now my best mileage is still with trinux. Two floppies... just need 20mb+ ram.

On a hardware note:
My system has three memory slots, two of which are used. I had assumed they were Simms but aren't they supposed to be placed in pairs? Three slots? :?

Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2002 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like 'slot 4' is a set of 4mb memory soldered onto the motherboard.

old hardware = always interesting
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use FreeBSd on my P200 server. It works like a charm. NetBSD is supposed to be better, i've just never used it.
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