Installing Ubuntu from floppy disk?

CJ Kelley debiani386 at
Sat Nov 24 03:13:31 UTC 2007

On 11/22/07, Robert Persson <ireneshusband at> wrote:
> On Nov 22, 2007 6:20 PM, Ashley Benton <meggalen at> wrote:
> > It seems that you are right I have a quantum pro drive lps and another
> hard
> > drive of 850 mb  but  it doesn't make the  2 gb  require. I will buy
> another
> > hard drive before to try. Thanks again
> > Meg
> >
> Ubuntu may not be your best bet. You might do well to go to
> and try to find a distribution more suited to the
> capabilities of the machine. You will certainly be able to find a few
> that boot from floppies and are relatively gentle on memory etc.
> Consider installing an ultra-lightweight gui such as fluxbox.
> As someone has already said, if you can get an old network card (I'm
> assuming you've got either PCI or ISA slots on the machine), that
> would be the best way to go. I'd ask for one on your local freecycle
> if you have one for where you live. Failing that, you should be able
> to do an install via a parallel or serial cable. It will be slow
> though.
> Robert

Right. Ubuntu would run very very poorly on a win3.1 machine. If i were you,
id google something like 486 compatible linux distros or something like
that. Note that the distro you may find may have an old kernel.

besides, some of the distros that are build for the older machines may even
fit on 1 or two floppies. Consider BasicLinux (takes up 2 floppies and
requires 12mb ram to boot). Its just a basic distro which provides a shell
and an Xserver if you are a more graphically inclined person.

If you want something more advanced, try TinyLinux. Its not a debian distro,
its just a 386/486 optimized version of slackware. You have to install it
though, but it doesnt take much hdd at all (it fit just perfectly on my 300
mb hdd)

I hear that debian sarge has been run on a 486, but idk it would probably
run really slow.


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