Installing Ubuntu from floppy disk?

Ashley Benton meggalen at
Sat Nov 24 04:19:55 UTC 2007

Yes I have been looking today until I messed up my computer by rebooting it
and forgetting the floppy drive in. I'm just looking for something that
would allows my son to open Firefox and play his games on Internet. For that
he needs a GUI. Maybe as suggested he could use my computer with the remote
desktop. Anyway, I've got some troubles trying to put the system that I
found on a floppy disk. The floppy disk doesn't seem to do anything so I
guess I did something wrong when trying to copy the system to the floppy
disk. I'll try again tomorrow. If anybody knows which system I should try
and how to put it on the floppy disk your help is welcome. I don't know if
it is important but when I turn the computer on I am in DOS. I need to write
win to be in Windows maybe that's why the floppy that I tried to make didn't

On Nov 23, 2007 10:13 PM, CJ Kelley <debiani386 at> wrote:

> 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.
> --cj
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